MISSION STATEMENT: Using history to give voice to diverse communities.
Grand Day Arts Celebration:
Arts Forum and Poster Signing
Saturday, March 8 1:00-4:00pm @ GR Ellington Academy
Fund raiser for students of Grand Rapid Ellington Academy
Forum topic; The Future for African Americans in the Arts
Save the Date for the 2014 Local History Roundtable
Immigration and Civil Rights: Past & Present
Friday, April 11, 2014
16 West 9th Street, Holland MI
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.
Leadership Training and Community Documentation Internship: Winter 2014, SS14
(Part of a year-long partnership with the Cook Library, focused on Latino community and civil rights)
Opening for an undergraduate student interested in working with elementary and middle school students in inner city Grand Rapids to assist them as they document the history, culture, sights, and sounds of their Grandville Avenue community. In addition to documenting and preserving this valuable history before it is lost, the materials collected during the academic year will be used to create a radio program/audio documentary and multimedia exhibit over Summer 2014.
Position is 10 hours per week at $10 per hour and candidates should also be available on Thursday afternoons from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. in order to participate in the leadership training initiative at the Cook Library Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. English and Spanish candidates preferred.
Internships for Credit:
Latino Experience and Public History: Winter 2014
Open to any students interested in public history, museum studies, library and archival work, community documentation, ethnography, oral history, Latino Studies, and/or local history. Students will receive training in best practices and research methods for archival digitization and oral history. They will work with faculty and community partners to assist local communities to document their history and collect their memories.
Translation/Transcription (Spanish-English): Winter 2014
Advanced Spanish students and/or bilingual students needed to transcribe oral histories and help to craft bilingual teaching, training, research, and exhibition materials as part of Latino history and community documentation efforts.