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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.

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.

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.

The Southwest Michigan Underground Railroad Tour

When: Sat June 3 2017
Where: Kalamazoo
The SHARE presents “The Southwest Michigan Underground Railroad Tour.” The tour includes the following: a viewing of sites of the resistance, a walk in the rooms of an authentic Underground Railroad safe house, a visit to momuments of the resistance, the stories of the heroes of the resistance, and the performances of peotry, music and dramatic readings. Michelle S Johnson, PhD, is the facilitator of the tour. She is a community historian of the State of Michigan , former Freedom Trail Coordinator for the State of Michigan, scholar and lecturer on the Underground Railroad and slavery resistance in Michigan. The time for this event is 8:30-5:30, and it begins at the Oakland Drive Park & Ride @ I-94. The cost is $65 per participant includes lunch and stops. For more information, call (269) 381-9775 or email info@sharekazoo.org.

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/.
 

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