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.


Gordon Olson Award

Now Accepting Nominations

Do you know of someone who has made outstanding contributions to local history? Please nominate them for the 3rd Annual Gordon Olson Award. Nominations will be accepted through February 19, 2016.


Events

Our Asian Pacific American Communities

Please share your story!

February 13, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Please come to share your story!  As part of the Our Asian Pacific American Community, interviewers will be on site at St. Francis de Sales de Sales Catholic Church in Holland on Saturday,...

Todd Robinson, keynote speaker

7th Annual Local History Roundtable

March 24, 2016 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Save the Date: Please join us for the 7th Annual Local History Roundtable. Focused on Changing Communities. The event will be held on GVSUs Allendale Campus.

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News

GVSU office to collect stories of Asian, Pacific Island residents in Holland

GVSU office to collect stories of Asian, Pacific Island residents in Holland

January 21, 2016

HOLLAND, Mich.  Grand Valley State University's Kutsche Office of Local History will continue to collect oral histories from the Asian and Pacific Island community in Holland.

Faculty to collect local migrants' stories

Faculty to collect local migrants' stories

January 17, 2016

The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Kutsche Office of Local History have been involved in a grant that is the first of its kind -- a historical storytelling grant called Common Heritage, granted to the university through the NEH...

Native exhibit moves to GRPL

Native exhibit moves to GRPL

January 13, 2016

The urban Native American exhibition sponsored by the Kutsche Office of Local History is now on display at the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. NE.

A Native American's Perspective on Michigan

A Native American's Perspective on Michigan

January 12, 2016

It's been 211 years since President Thomas Jefferson signed a congressional declaration stating that this part of the world would "constitute a separate territory, and be called Michigan."

Herrick Library to collect stories of Asian and Pacific Americans

Herrick Library to collect stories of Asian and Pacific Americans

December 23, 2015

Beginning in January, the library, in a collaboration with Grand Valley State University, will be collecting the stories of Holland's Asian and Pacific Islander community.

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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.

To learn more and to donate, click here.