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Downtown library to host Historical Society's 'History Detectives Day'

The Grand Rapids Historical Society will introduce attendees to stories from our city's history, including the bulldozing of downtown in the name of urban renewal, furniture factories and the legacy of Fannie Boylon, Grand Rapids' first femal home designer.

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On Saturday, January 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) downtown branch (111 Library St. N.W.) will host "History Detectives Day" presented by the Grand Rapids Historical Society

The day long event will see six presentations covering various topics regarding local Grand Rapids history. 

Topics include:

  • Why Grand Rapids chose to bulldoze downtown in the name of urban renewal by Garret Ellison
  • The architecture of production: Grand Rapids' furniture factories by Matthew Daley
  • Pharaohs on the Grand: The Egyptian revival in Grand Rapids by Thomas R. Dilley
  • Stories from Maple Grove: A history of the Kent County poor farm by Adam Oster
  • Fannie Boylon: The legacy of Grand Rapids' first female home designer by Marcella Beck
  • Support our schools: Mid-century architecture and rebuilding the schools plant in Grand Rapids by Melissa Fox and Pamela VanderPloeg

The event is free and open to the public. 

More information can be found at GRPL.

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