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GR Public Library to host History Detectives day of presentations

History Detectives is a day long program at the downtown main library whose speakers will present topics on local history.

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/Courtesy of Grand Rapids Public Library

/Courtesy of Grand Rapids Public Library

On Saturday, January 18 the Grand Rapids Public Library will host its sixth annual History Detectives event.

The itinerary for the day is listed:

  • 9:30 “Women and WWII: New Roles and Old Stereotypes” with Dr. Richard Harms
  • 10:30 “When the Automobile Came to the Furniture City” with Chuck Snow
  • 11:30 “Mr. Rover Visits Grand Rapids” with Melissa Fox
  • 1:00 “The Mystery of West Michigan’s Sunken Canoes” with Kevin Finney
  • 2:00 “Remembering Grandville Avenue" with Mary Angelo
  • 3:00 “Still Standing: 40 Years of Historic Preservation” with Rebecca Smith-Hoffman

Area historians will each present their research projects for one hour. There will be a break for lunch from 12:15-1 p.m. in the cafeteria on the third floor. GRPL will offer the option of reserving a lunch from Cherry Deli. To order, either call 616-988-5492 or email [email protected], and leave your name and sandwich choice (ham, turkey, roast beef, or vegetarian). Sandwiches will be available to purchase (cash only) during lunch hour. Soda will be available for an extra dollar.

Presentations will be held on the third floor in the Ryerson Auditorium at the Main Library at 111 Library Street NE.



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