GVSU graduate will give keynote presentation at Local History Roundtable

March 7, 2023 (Volume 46, Number 13)
Article by Michele Coffill

The Kutsche Office of Local History will host its 14th annual Annual Local History Roundtable on March 22 at the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

The event will run from 1-8 p.m. with the theme "Our West Michigan Histories." RSVP for the roundtable online.

Delia Fernández-Jones, assistant professor of history at Michigan State University, is the keynote speaker. Her evening presentation will be preceded by a light dinner and focus on migration, placemaking and activism among Grand Rapids' Latino communities. Live, simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available for this presentation only. 

Fernández-Jones graduated from Grand Valley in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in history. She later earned master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University. Her presentation coincides with the release of her new book, "Making the MexiRican City: Migration, Placemaking, and Activism in Grand Rapids, Michigan."

During the afternoon, panel presentations by Adam Oster, Library of Michigan, and local historians will focus on the history and current use of County Poor Farm properties in West Michigan; and representatives from Grandstand Pictures and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office will discuss efforts to document civil rights history in Grand Rapids and Muskegon.


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This article was last edited on March 7, 2023 at 1:28 p.m.

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