Kutsche Office of Local History

MISSION STATEMENT: Using history to give voice to diverse communities.


Portrait of a Community: A Collaborative Youth Leadership Project

When most people think about history they imagine only the past. For one dynamic group of young people, though, they are using history to shape their future. Over the past year GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History (GAAH), Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, and the Grand Rapids Public Library have teamed up through GAAH's Cook Library Scholars program to document the history of Grand Rapids' Grandville Avenue community, creating the city's first Latino-focused archive. Made up of 31 K-8th graders from mostly immigrant families, the Cook Library Scholars Program is an after-school opportunity for youth that provides academic support, family engagement opportunities, and teaches leadership skills. A video documentary and exhibition featuring this unique, interdisciplinary collaboration will be unveiled on September 18, 2014 in the Cook Library Center, 1100 Grandville Avenue SW.


Grand Valley State University is Proud to Announce the Friend of the Kutsche Office Membership Campaign!
The Kutsche Office of Local History is home to the Local History Roundtable as well as different projects helping local groups and people preserve, protect and retain history that is important to them.  This is accomplished through oral histories, supervised internships and fellowships, faculty directed projects and the work of experts in their specific fields.
Together these programs support the mission of the Kutsche Office in fostering an appreciation of the common challenges, common destiny, and common humanity of all of us.  This is accomplished in part by bringing members of the West Michigan community, students and faculty together to share knowledge and resources about topics of common interest, building an understanding of history that is both exciting and relevant in today’s challenging times.
You can be a part of this exciting initiative by becoming a Friend of the Kutsche Office of Local History by making a gift of $45.  Your gift will allow you discounts to future programs of the Kutsche Office of Local History as well as a free ticket to this year’s Roundtable to be held in Holland, Michigan this Spring.
To learn more and to donate, click here.





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