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Our Mission: "Giving Voice to Diverse Communities Through History"

Located in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Kutsche Office is home to the annual Local History Roundtable as well as multiple projects designed to support local groups and people to preserve, protect, and retain their histories.  Examples of recent initiatives are featured on our website and in the Kutsche Chronicle, published in Fall and Spring of each year. Please contact us at (616)331-8099 or kutsche@gvsu.edu to learn more about how we can work with you.
 

Now accepting nominations for Gordon Olson Award

Gordon Olson Award

Winter 2017 Kutsche Chronicle Now Available

Winter 2017 Kutsche Chronicle

Events

History Detectives 2017

History Detectives 2017

January 28, 2017 9:30 AM - 3:45 PM

History Detectives 2017 — Our 10th Anniversary! What’s happening? If you’ve ever read or heard any local history story, chances are you’ve been left wondering more about...

Grand Rapids and Social Activism in Today's Political Climate: Connecting the Broader Movement to the Local Experiment

Grand Rapids and Social Activism in Today's Political Climate: Connecting the Broader Movement to the Local Experiment

February 1, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

A resurgence in social activism occurred within the last five years. Nationally, protests and boycotts reflect a desire and movement for change that addresses societal inequalities. Dr. Louis...

Voices of GVSU: Activism through the Decades

Voices of GVSU: Activism through the Decades

February 4, 2017 All Day

Exhibit runs February 4-22, 2017 Sponsored by the Kutsche Office of Local History, Special Collections & Archives, and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, this exhibit shines...

Contemporary Examples of Activism: Student Perspectives

Contemporary Examples of Activism: Student Perspectives

February 9, 2017 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Join a panel of undergraduate students discussing their experiences organizing on campus and how they view their social justice work. They will reflect on what propelled their advocacy and...

8th Annual Local History Roundtable

8th Annual Local History Roundtable

March 23, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The 8th Annual Local History Roundtable will be held on Thursday,  March 23, 2017 at the Mary Idema Pew Library and Information Commons on Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus.  This...

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News

Now accepting nominations for Gordon Olson Award

Now accepting nominations for Gordon Olson Award

January 09, 2017

Do you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to local history? Someone who has used history to give voice to diverse communities? Please consider nominating them for the Kutsche Office of Local Historys 2017 Gordon Olson Award.

Kutsche Office of Local History Announces Community Collaboration Grant

Kutsche Office of Local History Announces Community Collaboration Grant

October 25, 2016

Community Collaboration Grant was designed to provide meaningful opportunities for faculty working with students and communities in West Michigan.

Lakeshore county collects oral histories of residents for archives

Lakeshore county collects oral histories of residents for archives

August 22, 2016

The Kutsche Office partnership with the Oceana County Hispanic Center and the countys Historical and Genealogical Society is featured in the new GV Magazine.

Grand Rapids Filmmaker receives Sundance Grant

Grand Rapids Filmmaker receives Sundance Grant

July 29, 2016

Shane McSauby, a recent GVSU grad who worked with the Kutsche Office on the Gi-gikinomaage-min Project receives Sundance Grant.

Memories preserved during 'History Harvest'

Memories preserved during 'History Harvest'

June 22, 2016

A $11,500 Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities was put to use Saturday, June 18 during the Growing Community: Oceanas Agricultural History History Harvest.

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Become a Friend of the Kutsche Office 

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.

Click here to learn more and to donate.