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Recorded Webinars & Programs
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Grand Rapids Time Traveler Series
The Restoration Boom: Preservation & Change in 1980s Grand Rapids
Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 10:30 - 11:30 am EDT
The 1980s kicked off a transformation and revitalization of downtown Grand Rapids, motivating historic building restoration and inspiring new construction. A combination of urban reinvestment and a growing interest in historic restoration changed the city's landscape and helped restore many older buildings to their historic state. Pamela VanderPloeg, architectural historian, educator, and administrator of ArchitectureGrandRapids.org, will share buildings' stories from this era. This will include many photographs and primary research materials to help illustrate the changes the 1980s brought to Grand Rapids.
Newcomer Legacy: A Vietnamese-American Story in West Michigan
Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 10:30 - 11:30 am EDT
INT 100/201 APPROVED
Interviews with Vietnamese refugees provide intimate glimpses into the lives of those who settled around Grand Rapids following the overthrow of South Vietnam and withdrawal of U.S. troops in 1975. "Newcomer Legacy" is a short documentary based on oral histories from nine Vietnamese Americans who made a new home in West Michigan in the 1970s, and shines light on how their experiences speak to the larger story of immigrants in our communities. This webinar will showcase the documentary followed by a Q&A with its creator, Alan Headbloom.
Becoming a Home for All: LGBTQ Tourism in West Michigan
INT 100/201 APPROVED
Our Grand Rapids Time Traveler webinar series is back for the fall with Becoming a Home for All: LGBTQ Tourism in West Michigan. In 1962, The Blue Tempo bar opened in the West Michigan beach town of Saugatuck. It was one of the first gay bars in the region, at a time when state liquor laws prohibited serving gay customers. The Blue Tempo's opening helped solidify this part of West Michigan as a “home for all,” notably the LGBTQ community. G Angel, GVSU '20 alum and current PhD Student in Indiana University Bloomington’s Gender Studies Department, will discuss the flourishing of the local LGBTQ community during the 1960-70s. This live Zoom webinar is free and open to all.