Kutsche Office of Local History

About Us

The Kutsche Office was established with a generous gift to the University from Grand Rapids resident and retired anthropology professor, Dr. Paul Kutsche. Dr. Kutsche dreamed of creating a hands-on history program, and Grand Valley State University’s Brooks College of 

Interdisciplinary Studies with its emphasis on both academics and service offered the perfect location where students from a wide variety of disciplines creatively blend knowledge with experience.

Mission:
Using history to give voice to diverse communities.
 
Purpose:
The Kutsche Office of Local History supports local history and cultural heritage institutions, organizations, and practitioners in West Michigan through expertise, networking, and collaborative projects. We do this in a variety of ways including:
  • Interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives;
     
  • Serving as a resource to more fully document, preserve, and make known the histories of underrepresented/marginalized groups in Western Michigan;
     
  • An internship program that places GVSU students in opportunities both on and off campus; 
     
  • Publications (print, video, and online); 
     
  • Annual programming that supports the Office’s mission and connects GVSU faculty and students with community members around areas of common interest;
     
  • Support for collaborative grant writing and training on projects that support the Office’s mission; and
     
  • Teaching workshops for community members and GVSU faculty/staff/students on topics related to the Office’s 

 

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