Digital Programs Hub

Recorded Webinars & Programs

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The Kutsche Office of Local History is going digital for our 2020-2021 academic year programs. Join our mailing list, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or check back here often to sign up for new events and to access recordings of past events.

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12th Annual Local History Roundtable

Register here to join us for a series of webinars throughout March 2021

Out of consideration for the health of our community, the 12th Annual Local History Roundtable is entirely online. This year's theme, Leading the Charge for Change, explores the way West Michigan women have collaborated to create change in their communities.

Grand Rapids Time Traveler Series

We continue to move through the decades in February and March. This series features the histories of various aspects of West Michigan, highlighting how the City of Grand Rapids and region evolved over the decades.

On Friday, March 26 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. learn more about local women's electoral history during a decade beginning in peace and prosperity but ending in war and pandemic as part of our webinar, “A Decade of Upheaval:  Grand Rapids Women and Public Office in the 1910s.” Through it all, Grand Rapids women pushed beyond earlier races restricted to school board positions to campaigns for state-level offices and, eventually, for national office. Using the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council’s new webpage Women Who Ran, long-time member of the GGRWHC Jo Ellyn Clarey will take us back to a heady decade when increasing numbers Grand Rapids women stepped up their political game, claimed party affiliations, and carried their concerns and visions into public office. By profession a literary scholar, Clarey has redirected her path into the world of local women’s history in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she has been dedicated to crediting early area women as community builders. For the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council, she works to advance long-term projects highlighting the roles of local women in the Michigan suffrage movement; to oversee a complete electoral history of the city’s women; and to organize research on U.S. women’s immense, but little known, work during WWI. She also has served as a director of the Grand Rapids Historical Society, the Grand Rapids Historical Commission, and as liaison to the Michigan Women's Studies Association, whose statewide conference she has chaired. To register for this webinar, please visit:

Image of a transparent map of Grand Rapids from Google maps and text on a teal background that says "Grand Rapids Time Traveler Series." The tag line reads "Discover more about West Michigan History."

L’dor V’dor: Oral Histories of the B’nai Israel Congregation

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The B'nai Israel congregation has been the heart of Jewish life in the lakeshore community of Muskegon for 130 years. Dr. Marilyn Preston, Associate Professor in the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department, used a Community Collaboration grant from the Kutsche Office of Local History to help preserve their stories through oral histories and collaborating with GVSU Special Collections. Dr. Preston speaks on community-engaged scholarship, creating enriching experiences for students and community partners, and the long history of this Jewish community in West Michigan.

B'nai Israel Temple's Hebrew school, circa 1950.

B'nai Israel Temple collection, GVSU Special Collections & University Archives

Artistic view through camera viewer in AV terminal room of WGVC-TV.

News & Information Services collection (GV012-01), GVSU Special Collections & University Archives

Videos 101

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COVID-19 moved many local history and community institutions online. Digital videos are a great way to shift your offerings online, but the entire process can be tricky to navigate. This program will provide guidance for creating online video content that is engaging and that plays to the strengths of the video format. This is a great program for institutions who are unfamiliar with creating video content, or who want a refresher on condensing and reformatting their traditional in-person materials.