Annual Local History Roundtable

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. We hope you will join us for the 2015 meeting.

Now in its sixth year, the 2015 Roundtable will be held March 26 in the Grand Rapids Public Library and is open to the public. Focused on "Food, Farm, and Table" the meeting will explore West Michigan's diverse foodways and food history including producing, picking, and processing. Highlights include a keynote address on "Local to Global Food Values: Policy, Practice, and Performance" by Professor Ellen Messer, Tufts University. Professor Messer specializes in cross-cultural perspectives on food and sustainable food systems. Panel discussions on "Food and Place-Making" and "Documenting the History of Agriculture in Oceana County" are also highlights of the program, along with a dinner business meeting for museums, library/archives, and historical society staff.

Please join us!  Click here to register for the 2015 meeting

Friends of the Kutsche Office receive free admission to the Roundtable, among other benefits. Visit the "Friends of the Kutsche Office" page to learn more.


Past Roundtables

 -2014: "Immigration and Civil Rights" held in Holland Museum (check dates), featured speakers included Bing Goei and Nora Salas, with panel discussions devoted to West Michigan's immigration and civil rights histories.

   -2013: "Natives, Settlers, and Founders: Our Shared Community History" held in at the Grand Haven Community Center. Featured speakers include Eric Hemenway, Wallace Ewing, and Marjie Viveen

    -2012: "Transportation, Waterways, etc." held at the Annis Water Institute in Muskegon, Michigan. Featured speakers include Kevin Finney, Carl Bajema, Daniel Yakes, Christine Byron, and Tom Wilson. 

    -2011: Meaning of the 150th Civil War Commemoration held on GVSU's Allendale campus

    -2010: General meeting held at GVSU's Allendale campus