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EVENTS

Reading the Great Lakes

When: Thu September 1 2016 - Fri September 1 2017 2017
Where: Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Branch presents “Reading the Great Lakes.” Come explore the Lakes with us! We'll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. September’s selection is Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer. The event is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Admission is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/events.

Upstairs at the Infirmary: Stories from the Ottawa County Poor Farm

When: Wed January 25 2017 - Sat September 30 2017
Where: Grand Haven
The Tri-Cities Historical Museum presents "Upstairs at the Infirmary: Stories from the Ottawa County Poor Farm." This exhibit was collaborative effort between the Poor Farm Sesquicentennial Committee, Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum to tell the stories of those that lived and worked at the Poor Farm in Eastmanville. Some of the stories from the Poor Farm are truly remarkable. How did a wealthy and prominent judge end up at the Poor Farm? How did a man suffering from amnesia finally learn his true identity after living at the Poor Farm for nearly six decades? How was an alcoholic saved by a beer? Upstairs at the Infirmary tells those stories and more. The exhibit will be displayed in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Akeley Building. For more information, call (616) 842-0700 or visit tri-citiesmuseum.org.

Spring History in Action Days

When: Wed January 25 2017 - Thu June 1 2017
Where: Ludington
Mason County Historical Society presents "Spring History in Action Days." History in Action Days is an opportunity for school groups to experience a village setting and visit our pioneer past. Visitors may watch a blacksmith fire up his forge, view cooking in the farmhouse kitchen, purchase a candy stick in the old General Store, see candles being made, learn about earlier medical remedies in the doctor's office, and hear the sound of a sawmill cutting a log into lumber. The events are held at Historic White Pine Village, 1687 South Lakeshore Drive. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Historic White Pine Village at (231) 843-4808 or emailing admin@historicwhitepinevillage.org.

Shifting the Shoreline Lecture Series

When: Tue March 14 2017 - Tue April 25 2017
Where: Muskegon
The Lakeshore Museum Center presents “Shifting the Shoreline Lecture Series.” Shifting Shoreline Lecture Series includes: March 14: Tools and Techniques for Exploration of Muskegon Lake March 28: Muskegon Lake as a NOAA Habitat Focus Area April 11: Contaminated Sediments: A Path to Restoration April 25: The Long Term Muskegon Lake Monitoring Program Admission is Free. The time for this event is 6-7pm, and it takes place at Lakeshore Museum Center, 430 W Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI. The cost is Free. For more information, call or visit/email lakeshoremuseum.org.

Saving the Soil at the Grassroots: the Dust Bowl in Ottawa County

When: Tue April 25 2017
Where: Zeeland
The Zeeland Historical Society presents “Saving the Soil at the Grassroots: the Dust Bowl in Ottawa County, Michigan, 1935-1942.” Matthew Dale, Associate Professor of History at Grand Valley State University will discuss the Dust Bowl in Ottawa County during the years of 1935-1942. The event takes place at Howard Miller Community Center, 14 S Church Street, Zeeland, MI 49464. For more information, call 616-772-4079 or visit www.zeelandhistory.org.

Museum Summer Camp: River of Time Pageant

When: Sat April 29 2017 - Sat July 22 2017
Where: Lowell
The Lowell Area Historical Museum presents “Museum Summer Camp: River of Time Pageant.” Open to students ages 8-18. Learn a role, build sets, design and make your own costume. The Pageant begins with life in an Odawa village, the arrival of fur traders Madame LaFramboise and Daniel Marsac and ends with the arrival of settlers and naming of Lowell. A workshop, April 29, will introduce the program and history to students. They will also begin working on their costumes at this session. The camp will be July 17-20th. July 22nd will be the presentation. Contact the museum to register and get full details. The event takes place at Lowell Area Historical Museum. The cost is $20. For more information, call 616-897-7688 or email lplank@lowellmuseum.org.

Spring Into Spring Into the Past Tri-River Tourthe Past Tri-River Tour

When: Sat May 6 2017 - Sun May 7 2017
Where: Ada
The Ada Historical Society presents “Spring Into the Past Tri-River Tour.” The theme is "Fashion through the Ages." Start at the Averill Historical Museum of Ada and pick up a booklet showing all museum locations. All museums in the Tri-River Group will be open that weekend and will all be FREE. The time for this event is 11-5pm, and it takes place at all museums in the Tri-River Group. For more information, call 616-676-9346 or visit www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org.

MORSA 2017 Annual Conference

When: Sat May 6 2017
Where: Three Rivers
The annual conference is an open and friendly opportunity for all participants to celebrate the heritage of Michigan's one room schools. Conference attendees will be able to participate in the following: a tour of the historic stone Nottawa School built in 1870, enjoy a typical day taught by a "school marm," hear schoolhouse stories by Warren Lawrence. The annual conference will be held on Saturday, May 6th with sessions from 9 to 3 pm. Registration is at 8:30am and will be at the St. Joseph Historical Museum on 347 N. Main Street, Three Rivers. For more information, call 734-668-6294 or email balkamhp@gmail.com.

Michigan One-room Schoolhouse Association Annual conference

When: Sat May 6 2017
Where: Three Rivers
The Michigan one-room Schoolhouse Association presents “Michigan One-room Schoolhouse Association Annual conference.” This years conference will highlight tours of several one-room schools in St. Joseph Co. The Nottawa Stone School will host the conference speakers and "A Day in the One-room School" The time for this event is 8:30-3:00, and it takes place at St. Joseph County Historical Society. The cost is conference fee of $35 includes coffee, lunch and bus tour of schools. For more information, call (734) 668-6294 or email: balkamhp@gmail.com.

Tri-River Historical Museum Network

When: Sat May 6 2017 - Sun May 7 2017
Where: Middleville
The Barry County Historical Society presents “Tri-River Historical Museum Network.” Come and see a depot still in its original state from 1902. Check out the conductor’s lookout window where he watched for the train. The cash drawer and windows are all original. On display, are oil paintings of depots in Michigan by Gus Swenson, of the Barry County Iron Rails Club. Greeting cards with these depots will be for sale. The time for this event is 11 am to 5 pm, and it takes place at 1902 MI Central Railway Depot. The event is free on May 6th and 7th. For more information, call 616-293-8666 or visit/email http://commoncorners.com/.

Promoting Michigan for 100 Years

When: Tue May 9 2017
Where: Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Library presents “Promoting Michigan for 100 Years: A History of the West Michigan Tourist Association.” The West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) was founded in Grand Rapids in 1917. Established as a non-profit organization based on membership, it was the first grass-roots tourist association in the country. At the time, the tourist industry was in its infancy. Although railroad lines, steamship companies, and various hotels and resorts promoted the region they served, there was no concerted effort to boost the tourism advantages of the state. With strong leadership and committed members of WMTA, tourism has grown into one of Michigan's lead. The time for this event is 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, and it takes place at Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Branch. The cost is Free Event. For more information, call 6169885400 or visit www.grpl.org/events.

Victorian Tea

When: Sat May 13 2017
Where: Muskegon
The Lakeshore Museum Center presents “Victorian Tea.” Enjoy a Victorian Era Tea in the courtyard of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site. Participants will learn about historic tea traditions and enjoy finger foods and beverages. The guest with the fanciest Victorian Era hat will win a special prize. There are two sessions for the tea: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The cost is: $12 for Museum Members, $15 for non-members, and $10 for 12 and younger. Registration will begin April 3. The time for this event is 10-12pm, and 1-3pm, and it takes place at Hackley and Hume Historic Site, 484 W Webster Ave, Muskegon. The cost is $10-$15. For more information, call 231-722-0278 or visit/email lakeshoremuseum.org.

Emory Parady, Nashville Neighbor and Lincoln Avenger

When: Sat May 20 2017
Where: Nashville
The Nashville, Michigan Historical Society presents “Emory Parady, "Nashville Neighbor and Lincoln Avenger".” Noted historian and Lincoln assassination expert, Steven G. Miller will speak about Emory Parady's participation in the capture of John Wilkes Booth. Mr. Parady lived in Nashville for over 30 years and was a local businessman and Civil Servant. The time for this event is 3 p.m. and it takes place at Nashville, Michigan VFW Post 8260, 304 S. State Street. The cost is No entry fee. Donations accepted to go toward erecting a Michigan Historical Marker for Mr. Parady. For more information, call 5178520227 or email dc2998@att.net.

Arts in Ada

When: Sat May 20 2017
Where: Ada
The Ada Historical Society presents “Arts in Ada.” Join in celebration of the fine and performing arts in Ada. Enjoy food, children's activities, our booth for Ada-themed gifts, live music and dance performances. The time for this event is 9-4pm, and it takes place at Bronson Street and Ada Drive. For more information, call 616-676-9346 or visit www.AdaHistoricalSociety.org.

History of Three Rivers Firemen

When: Sun May 21 2017
Where: Three Rivers
The St Joseph County Historical Society presents “History of Three Rivers Firemen.” The History will be presented by Dan Thomlinson. The time for this event is 2pm, and it takes place at 34 N Main, Three Rivers. For more information, call 269-273-6003.

Program and Book Signing by Wallace K Ewing

When: Thu May 25 2017
Where: Coopersville
The Coopersville Area Historical Society presents “Program and Book Signing by Wallace K Ewing.” Dr. Ewing will speak on his new book: "Footprints, Stories of Native Americans in West Central Michigan." He is a genealogist and forensic historian who tells the stories of individual Native Americans who left their mark upon the area. The time for this event is 7pm, and it takes place at Library Community Room. For more information, visit: www.coopersvillemuseum.com.

Third Annual Midwestern History Association Conference

When: Wed June 7 2017
Where: Grand Rapids
The Midwestern History Association Conference presents “Third Annual Midwestern History Association conference.” Over 80 panelists will be discussing various topics during the three available sessions. The conference will also include a Reception in Honor of Midwestern History Association Award Recipients. During the event, snacks and Michigan craft beer are provided by the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University. The time for this event is 7 am to 8 pm, and it takes place at Grand Valley State University. The cost is Free. For more information visit: http://www.midwesternhistory.com/

Bicycle Fever

When: Wed June 14 2017
Where: Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Library presents “Bicycle Fever.” By 1895, America was neck-deep in "bicycle fever," as the safety bicycle evolved from a dangerous and expensive contraption to an easy and affordable way to travel. In Grand Rapids, bike culture was huge, influencing society and industry, and exciting the citizens with races and rides. Join Grand Rapids Public Library staff member Colleen Alles as she discusses the culture and climate of Furniture City's obsession with bicycles. View historic, one-of-a-kind historical documents like photos, publications, and newspaper articles. The time for this event is 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, and it takes place at Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The cost is Free. For more information, call 616-988-5400 or visit: www.grpl.org/events.

Second Battle of Sunset Lake

When: Sat June 24 2017 - Sun June 25 2017
Where: Vicksburg
The Vicksburg Historical Society presents “Second Battle of Sunset Lake.” The Vicksburg Historical Society is hosting Revolutionary re-enactors from the North West Territory Alliance (NWTA) for the second year of their encampment on village grounds. Visitors are invited to stroll through the camp site to learn about life in the 18th century, particularly the years from 1776 to 1783. A parade on Saturday through downtown Vicksburg takes place at 10:30 a.m. with battlefield demonstrations the rest of the day and also on Sunday. The time for this event is 10 - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 - 4 on Sunday. It takes place at Vicksburg Historic Village, 300 N. Richardson St. The event is free. For more information, call 269-649-1733 or visit/email www.VicksburgHistory.org and www.BattleofSunsetLake.com.

143rd Annual Meeting and State History Conference

When: Fri September 22 2017 - Sun September 24 2017
Where: Holland
The State History Conference moves to a different location in the Lower Peninsula each year. This conference celebrates all aspects of Michigan’s history and offers a close-up look at the heritage of the host area. The State History Awards are also presented during the conference. Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents a State History Award to those individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The State History Conference offers… • Four keynotes that cover a wide range of popular topics, including sessions that explore the host area’s heritage • 12 breakout sessions, 4 workshops, and 4 tours • President’s Reception, State History Awards Banquet, and Closing Banquet • Exhibitors/vendors for attendees to visit • Networking opportunities Come see what all the excitement is about! For more information call 517-324-1828 or visit hsmichigan.org

14th Michigan Railroad History Conference

When: Fri September 22 2017 - Sun September 24 2017
Where: Holland
The Conference will take place on Saturday, September 23 at the Maas Conference Center at Hope College. The event will be 9-5pm. Saturdays line up will include 11 speakers throughout the day. There will be two field trips during the weekend. Friday, September 22 field trip: Grand Rapids, Holland & Chicago Railway. Sunday, September 24 field trip: Railroading in Northern Ottawa County. For more information or registration visit www.michiganrailroadhistory.org

145th Annual State History Conference

When: Fri September 27 2019 - Sun September 29 2019
Where: Ludington
The State History Conference moves to a different location in the Lower Peninsula each year. This conference celebrates all aspects of Michigan’s history and offers a close-up look at the heritage of the host area. The State History Awards are also presented during the conference. Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents a State History Award to those individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The State History Conference offers… • Four keynotes that cover a wide range of popular topics, including sessions that explore the host area’s heritage • 12 breakout sessions, 4 workshops, and 4 tours • President’s Reception, State History Awards Banquet, and Closing Banquet • Exhibitors/vendors for attendees to visit • Networking opportunities Come see what all the excitement is about! For more information call 517-324-1828 or visit hsmichigan.org

EXHIBITS

Explorations in Archaeology

When: Wed March 1 2017 - Sat December 30 2017
Where: St. Joseph
The The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center presents “Evidence Found: Explorations in Archaeology.” This exhibit shows visitors that when it comes to digging up the past, “It’s not what you find, but what you find out!” The exhibit displays artifacts and findings from archaeological excavations across Southwest Michigan, and provides fun, hands-on activities to learn about the methods used by archaeologists. The time for this event is during Museum Open Hours, and it takes place at The Heritage Museum, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. The exhibit offers Free Admission. For more information, call 269-983-1191 or visit http://www.theheritagemcc.org.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian

When: Sat March 11 2017 - Sun September 10 2017
Where: Muskegon
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.” In Curtis’s 30-year desperate quest to document what he believed to be a “vanishing race,” he organized the greatest artistic collaboration ever, and left in its wake arguably history’s most celebrated photographic and ethnographic achievement. The rich and varied cultures of 80 different First Nation tribes, many of which survive today in 21st century America despite a half millennia of innumerable obstacles, are displayed in Curtis’s photographs. The time for this event is Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with free admission 4 to 8 p.m., compliments of Meijer, and it takes place at 296 W. Webster Avenue, Muskegon, Michigan 49440. The cost is Adults: $10 Students 17 & over, with I.D.: $7 Children 16 & under: Free Muskegon Museum of Art Members: Free. For more information, call 231.720.2571 or visit http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/edward-curtis-north-american-indian/.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian

When: Thu May 11 2017 - Sun September 10 2017
Where: Muskegon
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.” Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, this will be one of the largest and most comprehensive surveys, perhaps ever undertaken, of Edward S. Curtis’s masterpiece, The North America Indian. Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans have become iconic during the past century, but this is the first time, based on research known to date, that all 723 of the photogravures from his 20-volume North American Indian portfolio will be shown at one time. The event will be during museum hours, and it takes place at Muskegon Museum of Art. For more information, call (231) 720-2574 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.
 

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