Each spring, the Local History Roundtable brings together librarians, archivists, curators, community members, preservationists, educators, students, and others who share a passion for local history. The one to two day conference is organized by a local, volunteer planning committee. A different theme and location is chosen each year.
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 year’s theme “Reconstructing Home” examines the history of diverse communities coming to and settling in West Michigan from the earliest settlers to newcomers. We will explore the reasons that spurred these families to come to the region. We also will discuss how these individuals and communities reconstructed traditions of home upon arrival, considering the roles of assimilation and cultural preservation in this process. We are looking forward to vibrant day-long conversations on historical and contemporary examples of how place becomes home.
Please check back for announcements about keynote speakers!
Highlights of the 2016 meeting included an opening keynote address by Professor Todd Robinson, author of A City Within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids. Professor Robinson is a specialist in urban and African-American history. He is currently an Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Other highlights include:
Kutsche Office members always receive free admission to the Roundtable, among other benefits. Visit the "Friends of the Kutsche Office" page to learn more and to become a 2016 member.