Kutsche Office of Local History

Local History Roundtable, April 10-11, 2014

Date: March 25, 2014

ALLENDALE, Mich. — Grand Valley State University’s fifth annual Local History Roundtable will focus on immigration and civil rights, looking at both issues from a current lens and with a historical overview.

The roundtable is sponsored by the university’s Kutsche Office of Local History. Details are below.

• Opening Reception: April 10, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Holland Armory, 16 W. Ninth St. in Holland. Bing Goei, director of the Michigan Office for New Americans, will be the keynote speaker. Music and light refreshments are planned.

• Roundtable Meeting: April 11, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Holland Armory.

Cost to attend the reception only is $10; cost for the roundtable is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. People can purchase a membership to the Kutsche Office for $45 and attend both events plus receive other benefits.

Melanie Shell-Weiss, director of the Kutsche Office of Local History, said Goei’s keynote address will be among his first public appearances since Gov. Rick Snyder appointed him to that role on January 31.

More than 200 people are expected at the roundtable meeting. Nora Salas, who teaches at Michigan State University, will be the keynote speaker. Her presentation will focus on Latino history in West Michigan. Salas was an activist and publicist for the United Farm Workers Union in the 1990s and has been active in Chicano and minority university politics at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Grand Valley State University. 

For information or to register for the roundtable, visit www.gvsu.edu/kutsche, or call (616) 331-8099. Community sponsors for the Local History Roundtable are the Holland Museum, Herrick District Library and Latin Americans United for Progress.

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