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.


Using history to give voice to diverse communities.


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 


Dr. Paul Kutsche