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The Kutsche Office of Local History is going digital for all of our programs in the 2020-2021 academic year.

This lets us share resources further than ever while respecting the health and safety of our communities.

Visit our Digital Programs Hub to see our pre-recorded, live, and upcoming online events.

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 quarterly. Please contact us at (616)331-8099 or kutsche@gvsu.edu to learn more about how we can work with you.


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The Architecture of Production: Grand Rapids' 19th Century Furniture Factories

January 29, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Friday, January 29 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. EST Throughout Grand Rapids stand reminders of the city’s past as “Furniture City, U.S.A.”  Former factory buildings line Monroe,...

Memories from Historic Woodland Park

February 3, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The family vacation was becoming an American staple in the first half of the 1900s. The Black middle class was growing and expanding north and midwest at this same time, but segregation kept Black...

Save Your History: Family & Community Archiving Basics

February 8, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join GVSU Archivists Annie Benefiel and Leigh Rupinski to learn about the basics of creating and preserving personal, family, or community archives. Participants in this webinar will gain a better...

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GVSU will participate as partner in Great Michigan Read

August 05, 2019

The Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley is participating as a partner in the Great Michigan Read and will welcome author Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha to campus in the winter 2020 semester.

Kutsche Office Nominated for Michigan Humanities Award

June 17, 2019

The Kutsche Office of Local History was nominated as Humanities Community Partner of the Year.

Winter 2019 Kutsche Chronicle Now available online

January 17, 2019

Winter 2019 Kutsche Chronicle Now available online.

Now Accepting Nominations for the Gordon Olson Award

December 13, 2018

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 2019 Gordon Olson Award.

Community Collaboration Grant-Call for Proposals

November 06, 2018

The Kutsche Office of Local History is proud to announce our grant opportunity to tenure track and tenured faculty who work with a community partner.

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