Photo Gallery

Kutsche Office Third Annual Fall Luncheon (74 Photos)

On October 10, 2018, the Kutsche Office of Local History held the third annual fall luncheon at the Kirkhof Center on GVSU’s Allendale campus. The luncheon featured Dr. Matthew Daley and Dr. Paul Wittenbraker. 

Stories of Summer Exhibit Opening at SDHC (86 Photos)

On Juny 12, 2019 we showcased our Stories of Summer exhibit, which documents the histories of the twin lakeshore communities Saugatuck and Douglas, MI in its hometown!
This project is funded by a National Endowment for Humanities Common Heritage Grant and reflects a partnership with the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center.

Contemporary Stories of Saugatuck (71 Photos)

The Kutsche Office of Local History along with the Saugatuck Douglas History Center trained journalism students at Saugatuck High School in oral history methods, and those students interviewed their peers.

The outcome of this project is a series of portrait boards for each senior that showcases their photos throughout the year as well as a quote from their oral histories.

10th Annual Local History Roundtable (127 Photos)


Thanks to a Third Coast Conversations grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, our 10th Annual Local History Roundtable held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 featured over 20 individuals and organizations as part of our project, "Connections Along the Grand River," which seeks to locate the Grand River as a significant driver of West Michigan's growth and shaping communities' diversity in the region.

This was our largest roundtable yet with close to 100 individuals and more than 20 attending for the very first time. 

L'dor v'dor: Oral Histories of the B'nai Israel Congregation (56 Photos)

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Dr. Marilyn Preston discussed her Community Collaboration Grant project, “L’dor v’dor: Oral Histories of the B’nai Israel Congregation” which documents the histories of congregants at the B’nai Israel Synagogue in Muskegon, Michigan. B’nai Israel has been in operation for nearly 130 years, and the congregation has been shrinking in the last three decades. As the membership ages, the temple itself is at risk of closing completely in a few years.

Stories of Summer: Exhibit Opening at GVSU (66 Photos)

The Kutsche Office of Local History partnered with the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center on our National Endowment for the Humanities funded project, Stories of Summer. The photos in this gallery are from our "Stories of Summer" exhibit opening on February 5, 2019 at the Mary Idema Pew Library and Information Commons. 

Stories of Summer Community Dialogue (21 Photos)

Contemporary Stories of Saugatuck (20 Photos)

The Kutsche Office of Local History partnered with the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center and Saugatuck High School teacher Christina Lewis to document the lives of the Class of 2019 throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. As part of this work, the Kutsche Office trained journalism students in oral history methods and underscored the importance of preserving the everyday experiences as part of the historical record as part of our Youth Leadership Intiative. These students developed their own oral history questions and interviewed members of the Class of 2019. More than sixty high school seniors’ voices were captured during the fall, winter, and spring trimesters. This project culminated in an exhibit, which will open at the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center’s Old School House on May 14 from 6-8pm. For more information about the event, please contact or 616-331-8099.   

Third Coast Conversations Lunch, September 21, 2018 (43 Photos)

As part of our Third Coast Conversations grant funded by the Michigan Humanities Council, the Kutsche Office of Local History brought together 30 individuals from 20 organizations as part of a conversation on the Grand River. 

Stories of Summer training at SDHC (27 Photos)

The Kutsche Office in partnership with the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center held an oral history training workshop for community members interested in volunteering to support “Stories of Summer.” Funded by a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, “Stories of Summer” documents a time when Saugatuck-Douglas gained a reputation as a “home for all.” The twin lakeshore towns were seen as welcoming to diverse communities ranging from those involved in the arts to college students and concert goers as well as individuals part of the LGBT community. Community members learned best practices concerning oral histories, provided feedback on the oral history prompts, and received an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the technology to be used at our oral history collection dates in June and July.