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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.

Exhibit Opening: Evidence Found: Explorations in Archaeology

When: Thu March 9 2017
Where: St. Joseph
The The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center presents Exhibit Opening: “Evidence Found: Explorations in Archaeology.” Join us to celebrate our 2017 feature exhibit "Evidence Found: Explorations in Archaeology" with light refreshments and good company— all ages are encouraged to attend! Opening Remarks will be presented from 7:00 to 7:30pm by special guest Dr. Michael Nassaney, Director of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project. The time for this event is 6:00pm to 8:00pm, and it takes place at The Heritage Museum, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. The event is free. For more information, call 269-983-1191 or visit/email http://www.theheritagemcc.org.

Volunteer Open House

When: Tue March 21 2017
Where: Ludington
A volunteer open house will be held on Tuesday, March 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Welcome Center at Historic White Pine Village, 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ludington. Interested parties are asked to contact the office at 231-843-4808 or email opmgr@historicwhitepinevillage.org to reserve a seat. If you are interested but cannot attend the open house, feel free to contact the society for more information.

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/.

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.


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: 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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