Director & Staff
Nora Salas, Director
Dr. Nora Salas began her term as Director of the Kutsche Office of Local History in August 2021.
Dr. Salas is an Associate Professor of History at Grand Valley State University. She comes to the position of Director with a rich background in community organizations. Her directorship of the Kutsche Office is a continuation of her commitment to helping diverse communities claim their place in West Michigan's history. Dr Salas' academic research examines the intersections of political thought, class, region, and gender on Chicano identity, along with changes in ethnic Mexican migrant labor in West Michigan from the 1980s to the present. Dr. Salas holds a PhD and MSW from Michigan State University and a BA from the University of Michigan. Outside of work, she enjoys messy gardening, slow hiking, overly elaborate science fiction, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Office Address: 1114 Au Sable Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8099
In January 2020, the Kutsche Office of Local History welcomed Mary Williford as the new Office Coordinator. A west Michigan transplant, Mary's background is in managing daily operations for museums, archives, and local history initiatives. She holds a BA in American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Mary enjoys cooking, exploring quirky regional history, and unwinding with her cats.