GVSU Kutsche Office of Local History

GVSU Kutsche Office of Local History The Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University is dedicated to "using history to give voice to diverse communities."
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Contemporary Stories of Saugatuck opening exhibition at the Old School House.
05/14/2019

Contemporary Stories of Saugatuck opening exhibition at the Old School House.

We can’t wait to see everyone this beautiful Tuesday evening.
05/14/2019

We can’t wait to see everyone this beautiful Tuesday evening.

We’re getting ready for the Contemporary Stories of Saugatuck exhibition. Join us for the official unveiling on Tuesda...
05/08/2019

We’re getting ready for the Contemporary Stories of Saugatuck exhibition. Join us for the official unveiling on Tuesday, May 14 at 6pm at the Old School House in Douglas, MI.

Hearing from a member of the congregation as they reflect on what participating in the project means to them and their c...
04/03/2019

Hearing from a member of the congregation as they reflect on what participating in the project means to them and their connections with undergraduate students.

It’s such a pleasure to hear from Dr. Marilyn Preston’s students about their experiences with the oral history proje...
04/03/2019

It’s such a pleasure to hear from Dr. Marilyn Preston’s students about their experiences with the oral history project. Dr. Preston’s project demonstrates the impact of intentional community engagement and community based learning.

Excited to learn more about the Jewish Muskegon, MI community this morning as part of Dr. Marilyn Preston’s talk, “L...
04/03/2019

Excited to learn more about the Jewish Muskegon, MI community this morning as part of Dr. Marilyn Preston’s talk, “L’dor v’dor: Oral Histories of the B’nai Israel Congregation.”
Dr. Preston received the Kutsche Office’s Community Collaboration Grant to support this project.

GVSU Kutsche Office of Local History's cover photo
04/02/2019

GVSU Kutsche Office of Local History's cover photo

What a wonderful day of vibrant and exciting conversations concerning communities along the Grand River and their histor...
03/14/2019

What a wonderful day of vibrant and exciting conversations concerning communities along the Grand River and their histories. Thank you to everyone who attended today.

Thank you Dr. Janet Brashler for a wonderful keynote.
03/14/2019

Thank you Dr. Janet Brashler for a wonderful keynote.

Thank you to everyone who is attending our Connections Along the Grand River Symposium/10th Anniversary Roundtable today...
03/14/2019

Thank you to everyone who is attending our Connections Along the Grand River Symposium/10th Anniversary Roundtable today! And thank you to the 22 local historians and local history organizations who are participating as partners and curated exhibit boards.

Thank you to the Michigan Humanities Council and the Third Coast Conversations grant supporting this project.

In just over 2 weeks we will celebrate our 10th Annual Local History Roundtable. And while we're at it, we'd also like t...
02/27/2019
COMMON CORNERS SOCIETIES - WYOMING HISTORICAL COMMISSION, KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN

In just over 2 weeks we will celebrate our 10th Annual Local History Roundtable. And while we're at it, we'd also like to celebrate the Wyoming Historical Commission. They've attended EVERY Roundtable since its inception! We're so thankful for their continued support of Kutsche Office events! Wyoming Michigan History Room
Register now and join us (and the group from Wyoming!) on March 14!

Counties of Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ionia, Barry, Allegan

02/25/2019

Just over two weeks until our 10th Annual Local History Roundtable featuring histories along the Grand River from over 20 organizations/individuals. From Grand Haven, looking at the history of the Coast Guard with Tri-Cities Historical Museum to Portland and learning about literature and the Grand River with Portland Area Historical Society. We hope you'll join us!

02/19/2019

Less than a month until Connections Along the Grand River. We're excited to see you there. This day-long event will be featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jan Brashler discussing the long history of the river from the earliest inhabitants to the region. Throughout the day you're invited to join conversations concerning how the river impacts the communities along it from Grand Haven to Portland. For instance, we're excited to learn more about Clamming on the Grand River from Boston Saranac Historical Society and Sturgeon in the Rapids from the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Great press for our "Stories of Summer" exhibit currently on display at Mary Idema Pew Library. With Saugatuck-Douglas H...
02/18/2019
Local LGBT history explored in ‘Stories of Summer’ exhibit

Great press for our "Stories of Summer" exhibit currently on display at Mary Idema Pew Library.
With Saugatuck-Douglas History Center

While the harsh winter has canceled classes and left students dreaming of warmer weather, Grand Valley State University’s Kutsche Office of Local History has planned an exhibit to remind students of sunnier days ahead and provide a historical view of the local LGBT community. The “Stories of Sum...

Excited to share the background of how Stories of Summer came to be.
02/05/2019

Excited to share the background of how Stories of Summer came to be.

We are thrilled to share the opening of our exhibit, Stories of Summer, which documents the histories of the twin lakesh...
02/05/2019

We are thrilled to share the opening of our exhibit, Stories of Summer, which documents the histories of the twin lakeshore communities Saugatuck and Douglas, MI. This project is funded by a National Endowment for Humanities Common Heritage Grant and reflects a partnership with the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center. Interested in learning more about this project (including viewing the exhibit) and history harvests, come to our event later today (Feb. 5) at our opening reception event from 1-3pm in the Mary Idema Pew Library.

Coverage of the Standing Rock Exhibit Evanston Public Library. https://www.lakotacountrytimes.com/articles/standing-rock...
12/14/2018
Standing Rock Water Protectors Exhibit in Illinois | Lakota Country Times

Coverage of the Standing Rock Exhibit Evanston Public Library. https://www.lakotacountrytimes.com/articles/standing-rock-water-protectors-exhibit-in-illinois/

EVANSTON, Ill. – Images of an historic protest near the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation are on display through December at the Evanston Public Library. Part of a 1600-item catalog of photographs taken by Levi Rickert, publisher and editor of Native News Online, the collection offers an...

Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement will be featured on WZZM13 tonight between 5-6:30pm. Great press fo...
12/13/2018

Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement will be featured on WZZM13 tonight between 5-6:30pm. Great press for a fantastic exhibit. Thank you to Grand Rapids Public Library for hosting through January 28, 2019. With Levi Rickert and Native News Online.

We are now accepting nominations for the Gordon Olson Award, recognizing outstanding contributions in local history. Dea...
12/13/2018
Gordon Olson Award - Kutsche Office of Local History - Grand Valley State University

We are now accepting nominations for the Gordon Olson Award, recognizing outstanding contributions in local history. Deadline: February 15, 2019.
https://www.gvsu.edu/kutsche/gordon-olson-award-25.htm

Established in 2014, the Gordon Olson Award will be given to one individual each year. Named in honor of Gordon Olson, former Grand Rapids City Historian, whose books, leadership, programming, mentorship, and advocacy have inspired generations of West Michigan residents, the award is intended to rec...

Fantastic morning installing Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement at Grand Rapids Public Library.  With ...
12/04/2018

Fantastic morning installing Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement at Grand Rapids Public Library. With Levi Rickert and Native News Online.

Can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday. Installing Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement with ...
12/01/2018

Can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday. Installing Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement with Levi Rickert and Native News Online at Evanston Public Library.

Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement (in partnership with Levi Rickert and Native News Online) is wrappi...
11/09/2018

Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement (in partnership with Levi Rickert and Native News Online) is wrapping up its time at American Indian Center - Chicago. Students from Chicago Montessori toured the exhibition on Wednesday.

A day of great conversation and connection at the Michigan Museums Association Conference. With Saugatuck-Douglas Histor...
10/30/2018

A day of great conversation and connection at the Michigan Museums Association Conference. With Saugatuck-Douglas History Center.

Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement exhibit is officially installed at the American Indian Center in Ch...
10/17/2018

Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement exhibit is officially installed at the American Indian Center in Chicago. It's 'first stop' on its travels. With Levi Rickert and Native News Online.

Very excited for our third annual Fall Lunch featuring Paul Wittenbraker and Matthew Daley. Thank you to everyone who jo...
10/10/2018

Very excited for our third annual Fall Lunch featuring Paul Wittenbraker and Matthew Daley. Thank you to everyone who joined us today.

Our Special Projects Graduate Assistant Mollie VanOrsdal shares background information about the oral history clips shar...
10/03/2018

Our Special Projects Graduate Assistant Mollie VanOrsdal shares background information about the oral history clips shared tonight.

Excited to share a preview of what has been collected as part of Stories of Summer with the Saugatuck-Douglas community....
10/03/2018

Excited to share a preview of what has been collected as part of Stories of Summer with the Saugatuck-Douglas community.

This project is supported by a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Stop by and say hi tonight at the GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) Undergraduate Research Fa...
10/02/2018

Stop by and say hi tonight at the GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) Undergraduate Research Fair from 5-7pm in the Grand River Room in Kirkhof Center.

If you're in the Saugatuck-Douglas area, please join us next Wednesday at the Old School House.
09/26/2018

If you're in the Saugatuck-Douglas area, please join us next Wednesday at the Old School House.

We are very excited to be working with Christina Lewis and her journalism students this 2018-2019 academic year (as well...
09/18/2018

We are very excited to be working with Christina Lewis and her journalism students this 2018-2019 academic year (as well as the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center) to collect the oral histories of the Saugatuck High School senior class as part of our Contemporary Stories of Saugatuck project. Read more in our Fall 2018 Kutsche Chronicle.

Don't forget to register for our 3rd Annual Lunch with the Kutsche Office on Wednesday, October 10. Take the opportunity...
09/10/2018
3rd Annual Lunch with the Kutsche Office - Kutsche Office of Local History - Grand Valley State University

Don't forget to register for our 3rd Annual Lunch with the Kutsche Office on Wednesday, October 10. Take the opportunity to connect with others and learn as well!
We look forward to seeing you there.

We hope you will join us for our 3rd annual fall luncheon. This event grows every year and is a great opportunity for local history organizations including societies, museums, libraries, as well as individuals interested in local history, an opportunity and connect and learn from one another.

Excited to at SDHC tonight to discuss our NEH Common Heritage Grant funded project Stories of Summer.
04/11/2018

Excited to at SDHC tonight to discuss our NEH Common Heritage Grant funded project Stories of Summer.

Photos from our 9th Annual Local History Roundtable on March 29, 2018. A huge thank you to Bri Luginbill from Bird + Bir...
04/06/2018
View - Photo Gallery - Kutsche Office of Local History - Grand Valley State University

Photos from our 9th Annual Local History Roundtable on March 29, 2018. A huge thank you to Bri Luginbill from Bird + Bird Studio for the fabulous photos. (tagging photos with names is a work in progress!)

Held on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Kirkhof Center on GVSU's Allendale campus, the 9th Annual Local History Roundtable focused on the theme "Returning to our Roots." Highlights included a morning keynote by Professor Ronald J. Stephens, from Purdue University, and authority on African American....

Thank you to Andrea Riley Mukavetz for presenting this afternoon on multigenerational indigenous oral histories.
03/29/2018

Thank you to Andrea Riley Mukavetz for presenting this afternoon on multigenerational indigenous oral histories.

Today is a fun filled day of programming at the annual local history roundtable! And, check out our upcoming events this...
03/29/2018

Today is a fun filled day of programming at the annual local history roundtable! And, check out our upcoming events this year. Don’t forget to save the date for the tenth anniversary roundtable next March 2019. Check out our website www.gvsu.edu/Kutsche for details. 😊

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Allendale, MI
49401

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Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

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