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Our ongoing community programs include:

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Using history to give voice

Title: Gi-gikinomaage-min ("We are all teachers"): Defend Our History, Unlock Your Spirit
Partners: GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History, Native American Advisory Board, GVSU Libraries' Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Launched in August 2014, this project is working with community members to document the urban Native American experience in West Michigan. The initiative will continue through 2018 and is supported in part by funding from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Traveling Exhibitions

Title: "Walking Beyond Our Ancestors' Footsteps: An Urban Native American Experience"
Partners: GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History, Native American Advisory Board, GVSU Libraries' Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum

A part of the Gi-gikinomaage-min Project, this exhibition can be viewed at GVSU's Mary Idema Pew Library (November 2015), Grand Rapids Public Library (January 2016), and the Grand Rapids Public Museum (dates TBD).


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Building community through story-telling

Title: Our Asian Pacific American Community
Partners: GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History, GVSU's Meijer Campus in Holland, City of Holland, Herrick District Library, Latin Americans United for Progress, and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

Focusing on Holland, Michigan's Asian Pacific American communities, this project collected nearly 50 oral histories between January and March, 2016. Those materials are permanently archived in the Herrick District Library.

 

 


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Celebrating diversity

Title: Nuestra Comunidad Hispana
Partners: GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History, GVSU's Meijer Campus in Holland, City of Holland, Herrick District Library, Latin Americans United for Progress, and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

Focusing on Holland, Michigan's Latino communities, this project collected nearly 50 oral histories between August and October 2015. Those materials are permanently archived in the Herrick District Library.

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Local History Roundtable

Sharing a love for local history

Title: The Annual Local History Roundtable

Now in its 7th year, the annual Local History Roundtable brings community members, archivists and librarians, museum staff and curators, scholars, teachers, students to talk about local history, share resources, and network professionally. Focused on the theme "Changing Communities," the 2016 Roundtable will be held on Thursday, March 24 in the Mary Idema Pew Library (GVSU's Allendale Campus).

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Growing Community

The Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University recently received a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to collect oral histories and to digitize family photos and related memories of Michigan migrant workers. Through 2016, the Office will work in partnership with the Oceana County Hispanic Center and the Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society, in addition to Grand Valley's History and Latin American Studies departments.

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