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Our Mission: "Giving Voice to Diverse Communities Through History"

Located in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Kutsche Office is home to the annual Local History Roundtable as well as multiple projects designed to support local groups and people to preserve, protect, and retain their histories.  Examples of recent initiatives are featured on our website and in the Kutsche Chronicle, published in Fall and Spring of each year. Please contact us at (616)331-8099 or kutsche@gvsu.edu to learn more about how we can work with you.
 

Become a Friend of the Kutsche Office 

You can be a part of this exciting initiative by becoming a Friend of the Kutsche Office of Local History by making a gift of $45.  Your gift will allow you discounts to future programs of the Kutsche Office of Local History.

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Events

Vietnamese Newcomer Documentary Screening

Vietnamese Newcomer Documentary Screening

April 19, 2017 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

The project examines the legacy of Vietnamese refugees in West Michigan. Arriving in three distinct waves over the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s, Vietnamese refugees have left...

Strategies and Skills to Build an Online Presence

Strategies and Skills to Build an Online Presence

May 16, 2017 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Engaging the Community Part One Developing a website and using social media are useful for amplifying a local history organization’s impact. Not only will you be able to connect with your...

Riot, Race, and Reconciliation Documentary Film Screening

Riot, Race, and Reconciliation Documentary Film Screening

July 25, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Kutsche Office of Local History has partnered with the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA) and will unveil a three-part project called "Riot, Race, and Reconciliation."...

Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

September 14, 2017 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Please join us as Kathryn Remlinger, professor of linguistics in the Department of English at GVSU discusses her new book, Yooper Talk, which looks at languages and folklore of the upper...

Newsletters and Email Networking

Newsletters and Email Networking

October 4, 2017 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Interested in maintaining continuous communication with your community members? Interested in extending your reach? Come discuss best practices for creating and disseminating online and print...

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News

Winter 2017 Kutsche Chronicle Now Available

Winter 2017 Kutsche Chronicle Now Available

February 07, 2017

Special Winter 2017 Kutsche Chronicle now available online. We have so many great events going on we couldn't keep it to 2 issues this year!

Now accepting nominations for Gordon Olson Award

Now accepting nominations for Gordon Olson Award

January 09, 2017

Do you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to local history? Someone who has used history to give voice to diverse communities? Please consider nominating them for the Kutsche Office of Local Historys 2017 Gordon Olson Award.

Kutsche Office of Local History Announces Community Collaboration Grant

Kutsche Office of Local History Announces Community Collaboration Grant

October 25, 2016

Community Collaboration Grant was designed to provide meaningful opportunities for faculty working with students and communities in West Michigan.

Lakeshore county collects oral histories of residents for archives

Lakeshore county collects oral histories of residents for archives

August 22, 2016

The Kutsche Office partnership with the Oceana County Hispanic Center and the countys Historical and Genealogical Society is featured in the new GV Magazine.

Grand Rapids Filmmaker receives Sundance Grant

Grand Rapids Filmmaker receives Sundance Grant

July 29, 2016

Shane McSauby, a recent GVSU grad who worked with the Kutsche Office on the Gi-gikinomaage-min Project receives Sundance Grant.

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