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 26-27 in the Grand Rapids Public Library. Focused on "Food, Farm, and Table" the meeting will explore West Michigan's diverse foodways and food history including producing, picking, and processing. 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.

Starting December 1, 2014 the Kutsche Office is collecting recipes, memories, and copies of photos that feature Michigan's diverse foodways. Please consider sharing part of your family's history and heritage by sending us a favorite recipe along with a family photo and/or brief statement telling why this recipe is significant to you. Materials can be emailed to or sent via groundmail to: 

Kutsche Office of Local History
324 Lake Ontario Hall
Grand Valley State University
One Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

They may also be dropped off at the Local History Room at the Grand Rapids Public Library through March 27, 2015."

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