Digital Programs Hub

The Kutsche Office of Local History is going digital for our 2020-2021 academic year programs, to respect the health and safety of our communities. For more information concerning GVSU's response to COVID-19, please visit the Lakers Together website. Our programs will be a mix of prerecorded and live online events dealing with unique topics in Wests Michigan history. 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.

Recorded Webinars & Programs

View full recordings of past webinars, programs, and tutorials by clicking here or visiting our YouTube channel.


Annual Local History Roundtable logo

12th Annual Local History Roundtable

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The 2021 roundtable will look a little bit different this year. Join us in March 2021 for a month-long set of programs exploring social movements for change in the past and present day. Stay tuned for program details.


Save Your History: Family & Community Archiving Basics

Monday, February 8, 2021 @ 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (EST)

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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 understanding of the complexities involved in caring for historical materials, and learn practical strategies for identifying, categorizing, and preserving materials of different types. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss the impact of collecting our families’ and communities’ memories and how these may contribute to our understanding of the past.

Newspaper clippings, photographic prints, and other family archival materials.


People view an exhibit

Archives Against the Grain

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What you don't find in the archive tells you just as much as what you do find there! Archivists and historians will share approaches to historic resources that allow you to see and share a more complete record of your community's history. Learn to read between the lines of common primary sources and where you can find keys to the rest of the historical record. Our first installment is with Leigh Rupinski: Archivist for Public Services and Community Engagement at GVSU, conducting instruction, outreach, and improving accessibility for the university's archives.


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.