7th Annual Local History Roundtable
Held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in GVSU's Mary Idema Pew Library and Kirkhof Center (Allendale, Michigan), the 7th Annual Local History Roundtable focused on the theme "Changing Communities." More than 600 people participated in the events held throughout the day, making it the largest Roundtable event to date. Highlights included presentations by Professor Todd E. Robinson (Department of History, UNLV) and author of Grand Rapids' 2016 "book of the year," Mr. Tim Gleisner, head of the Grand Rapids Public Library's Local History Department, and Professor Delia Fernandez (Department of History, MSU) as well as panel discussions on changing communities in Holland and Grand Rapids. Tours of the Mary Idema Pew Library and GVSU's Special Collections were offered in the afternoon. An evening dinner and business meeting was held for local history professionals.