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.

Click here to learn more and to donate.

Gordon Olson Award

We are now accepting nominations for the 5th Gordon Olson Award. 

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 History’s 2018 Gordon Olson Award. Nominations will be accepted through February 16, 2018


Standing Rock: Photographs of an Indigenous Movement Reception

February 5, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

During the recent Standing Rock resistance to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline, American Indian journalist, Levi Rickert, knew the largest American Indian movement since the 1973 Wounded Knee was...

Links to the Local:  Building a National Women's Elective History

February 21, 2018 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Presented by Julia Bouwkamp & Jo Ellyn Clarey and co-sponsored by the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council In 1999, when local historians first turned their attention to women's...

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Growing our Collection Documenting Summers in Saugatuck 

November 07, 2017

from the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center Growing our Collection Documenting Summers in Saugatuck  Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7PM Old School House, 130 Center St., Douglas

Collaborative article published

November 01, 2017

Melanie Shell-Weiss, Annie Benefiel, and Kimberly McKee reflect on the interdepartmental collaboration to create and preserve a digital collection.

Campus mourns death of Kutsche Office of Local History founder

May 22, 2017

Paul Kutsche, whose gift established Grand Valley's Kutsche Office of Local History, died May 18 after several weeks in hospice care. He was 90.

Gordon Olson Award Winners Announced

March 30, 2017

ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University presented two local historians with the Gordon Olson Award at a recent gathering.

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!

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