Photo Gallery

Asian New Year Celebration (92 Photos)

This event, sponsored by the Asian Student Union, took place on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in the GVSU Kirkhof Center. GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History collected stories and oral histories from attendees prior to the event as part of the Our Asian and Pacific American Community Project. Partners in that effort include Herrick District Library, the City of Holland, Latin Americans United for Progress, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, and the Holland Museum.

Nuestra Comunidad Hispana (77 Photos)

Focusing on Holland, Michigan's Latino communities, this project collected nearly 50 oral histories between August and October 2015. Those materials are permanently archived in the Herrick District Library. Everyone who participated in the project received a free copy of their photograph and oral history at a special reception held December 7, 2015 at Herrick District Library. These photos are from that reception.

Campus Dialogue: GVSU and the Urban Native American Experience (24 Photos)

The "Walking Beyond Our Ancestors' Footsteps: An Urban Native American Experience" exhibition concluded its run at GVSU on November 18, 2015 with a campus dialogue focusing on GVSU's role in shaping the 20th and 21st century experiences of Native Americans in and around Grand Rapids. This event was a part of the 2015 Native American Heritage Month celebrations and the Gi-gikinomaage-min Project. It was held in the Multipurpose Room of the Mary Idema Pew Library on GVSU's Allendale campus.

American Indian Community Dialogue (2015) (50 Photos)

On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the Gi-gikinomaage-min (We are all teachers): Defend Our History, Unlock Your Spirit Project team held its second annual American Indian Community Dialogue. As last fall, this meeting was held at the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Pottawatomi Northern Health Center in downtown Grand Rapids. The meeting gave the project team an opportunity to report back to the community about the work they have been carrying out over the past year. Community members provided suggestions to guide the project's work through 2016.

Latin Americans United for Progress Annual Dinner: Nuestra Comunidad Hispana (101 Photos)

"Nuestra Comunidad Hispana" is a bilingual project celebrating Holland, Michigan's Hispanic communities by collecting stories from individuals and families. Launched in August 2015, the project team collected oral histories and portraits through October. Sample boards from the exhibition were shared with attendees at LAUP's annual dinner, November 6, 2015. The full exhibition will be displayed at a reception to honor participants on December 7, 2015 at Herrick District Library. All materials collected as part of this effort can be accessed in the Genealogy Department at Herrick District Library, where they will be permanently archived for use by community members, researchers, and educators.

This project is a collaboration among the City of Holland, Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP), Herrick District Library, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, GVSU's Meijer Campus in Holland, and GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Exhibit Opening: "Walking Beyond Our Ancestors' Footsteps: An Urban Native American Experience" (98 Photos)

The "Walking Beyond Our Ancestors' Footsteps: An Urban Native American Experience" exhibit opened for the first time on GVSU's Allendale Campus, Tuesday, November 3, 2015. This exhibition invites visitors to step into the gaze of a few of the Native Americans who have lived, worked, and studied in the greater Grand Rapids area over the mid-20th and 21st centuries and features contemporary artwork by local Native American artists. 

These photos were taken at the opening reception that was held that evening in the Mary Idema Pew Library's Multipurpose Room. The event featured a blessing by George Martin, Ojibwe elder, and talk by featured speaker, Shannon Martin, Director of the Ziibiwing Center for Anishinaabe Culture & Lifeways. The exhibition will remain on display in the Mary Idema Pew Library's Exhibition Hall through November 21. After that time, it will travel to the Grand Rapids Public Library (January 4-22, 2016) and the Grand Rapids Public Museum (dates TBD).

“Walking Beyond Our Ancestors’ Footsteps” grows out of the planning stage of the Gi-gikinomaage-min (We are all teachers): Defend Our History, Unlock Your Spirit project, which was launched in August 2014, as a collaboration among GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Native American Advisory Board, Office of Multicultural Affairs, GVSU Libraries' Special Collections & University Archives, the Grand Rapids Public Library, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The ultimate goal of this multi-year effort is to interview American Indian elders to collect their experiences about living in Grand Rapids during the federal relocation period. This effort was supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Launch: Nuestra Comunidad Hispana (Holland, Michigan) (19 Photos)

"Nuestra Comunidad Hispana" is a bilingual project celebrating Holland, Michigan's Hispanic communities by collecting stories from individuals and families. Launched in August 2015 at a collection event held Sunday, August 23, the project team collected oral histories and portraits through October. Sample boards from the exhibition were shared with attendees at LAUP's annual dinner, November 6, 2015. The full exhibition will be displayed at a reception to honor participants on December 7, 2015 at Herrick District Library. All materials collected as part of this effort can be accessed in the Genealogy Department at Herrick District Library, where they will be permanently archived for use by community members, researchers, and educators.

This project is a collaboration among the City of Holland, Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP), Herrick District Library, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, GVSU's Meijer Campus in Holland, and GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

"Food, Farm, and Table": 6th Annual Local History Roundtable (155 Photos)

Each year, the Local History Roundtable provides an opportunity for members of the community, faculty, students, curators, librarians, archivist, and others to come together to share a common passion for local history. The 2015 meeting was held on March 26 in the Ryerson Auditorium of the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Ecojustice and Social Justice Conference (EMU, 2015) (8 Photos)

On Saturday, March 21, members of the Youth Leadership Initiative conducted a workshop at the 4th annual "Ecojustice and Social Activism" Conference at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This year, teen artists at the Cook Arts Center are drawing from the archive created by the Cook Library Scholars in 2013-2014 to paint a mural at UICA. The project is co-directed by Melanie Shell-Weiss (Director, Kutsche Office), Steffanie Rosalez (Program Director, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities), Jakia Fuller (Special Projects Graduate Assistant, Kutsche Office), and Ricardo Gonzalez (MFA Fellow, Kendall College of Art & Design).

Campus Dialogue: The Native American Urban Experience (12 Photos)

The first Campus Dialogue to introduce the "Gi-gikinomaage-min: Defend Our History, Unlock Your Spirit" project was held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Mary Idema Pew Library on GVSU's Allendale Campus. Organized by the GVSU Kutsche Office of Local History, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Native American Advisory Board, GVSU Special Collections and Archives, and the Native American Student Association, this event was part of the university's Native American Heritage Month Celebration. Roughly 50 students, faculty, and staff attended the session, sharing their own experiences, asking questions, and making suggestions about the future direction of the project. The project is supported in part by funding from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.