Recorded Webinars & Programs
13th Annual Local History Roundtable: Living with History
The 13th Annual Local History Roundtable was held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. 2022's theme, Living with History, explored the direct ways that the present informs how we talk about the past, and how we can bring history out beyond the walls of our institutions. All INT 100/201 approved.
Recordings of the program sessions are available on our YouTube channel, including:
Grand Rapids Time Traveler series
The Grand Rapids Time Traveler series explores the history of West Michigan's largest city, decade by decade. View the entire playlist here, or select from the following videos:
- Architecture of Production: Grand Rapids' 19th Century Furniture Factories
- Grand Rapids Canal History from Water Power to Hydroelectricity
- A Decade of Upheaval: Grand Rapids Women and Public Office in the 1910s
- Great American Field Trip: The Omnibus College Experiment
- Becoming a Home for All: LGBTQ Tourism in West Michigan
- Newcomer Legacy: A Vietnamese-American Story in West Michigan
- The Restoration Boom: Preservation & Change in 1980s Grand Rapids
- With Dignity & Respect: Returning Indigenous Remains in West Michigan
This list will be updated as new programs occur throughout 2021.
Archives Against the Grain series
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. Explore the full playlist here, where you can hear from:
- Leigh Rupinski: Archivist for Public Services and Community Engagement at GVSU.
- This video also includes shorter excerpts where Rupinski speaks on creating more inclusive collections and advice for students diving into the archives.
- Delia Fernández: Assistant Professor in Michigan State University's department of history. Fernández discusses her experiences with trying to locate Latina/o stories in the archives, particularly those in her hometown of Grand Rapids.
- An excerpt with advice on using archival materials is also avavilable.
- Christine Byron: Retired local history librarian and author on the basics of what you can expect to find in a local history archive and how to look for stories and materials that are often left out.
- Gina Bivins: Board member of Grand Rapids Historical Society on the role museums and museum collections can play in recognizing and correcting archival gaps.
For the health and safety of our community, the Kutsche Office of Local History switched to all-online programming for the 2020-2021 academic year. This broad series of webinars included live and pre-recorded content, with a wide variety of topics and guests that all touch on West Michigan's local history.
- Laying New Tracks: Syrian in Grand Rapids & the Midwest (INT 100/201 approved): Dr. Ashley Johnson Bavery discusses the many roads that led Greater Syrian migrants to the Grand Rapids area in the early 1900s and their legacies in the region today.
- “L’dor V’dor: Jewish Histories of Muskegon” with Marilyn Preston: Dr. Preston speaks on community-engaged scholarship, creating enriching experiences for students and community partners, and the 130-year history of Muskegon's B'nai Israel congregation. This work was supported by the Kutsche Office's Community Collaboration grant. There are also shorter excerpts from this video available, including reflections on the importance of oral histories, research ethics and oral histories, and advice on developing a community-based learning course.
- Public Health & Public Trust with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (INT 100/201 approved): Flint, MI pediatrician and State Representative Rachel Hood discuss public health, environmental inequality, and the relationship between true democratic representation and healthy communities (Must be logged into a GVSU Blackboard account to view).
- Deconstructing Confederate Monuments (INT 100/201 approved): Using Allendale, MI's Confederate soldier monument as a jumping-off point, scholars Dina Bailey, Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders, and Kevin Levin examine how memorializing the Confederacy became so widespread, how Confederate memorialization contributes to racism and historic erasure, and where we can go from here.
- Memories of Historic Woodland Park (INT 100/201 approved): Author Dianna Cross Toran shares the history and generations of stories from Newaygo county's Woodland Park, an historically Black family resort community.
- Black Tourism in West Michigan (INT 100/201 approved): Dani Willcutt (GVSU class of 2010) explores how race has shaped travel and leisure in the Great Lakes State.
- The Lowell Showboat: Blackface Minstrels & Community Identity in Lowell, MI (INT 100/201 approved): GVSU professors of history Matthew Daley and Scott Stabler trace the history of Lowell, MI's popular blackface minstrel showboat performances, which lasted from 1932-1977. There are shorter excerpts from this video available, including reflecting on Jim Crow and the popularity of Showboats, what is Lost Cause mythology, the history of the Ku Klux Klan in West Michigan, and racial dynamics in twentieth-century West Michigan.
- Oral Histories & GVSU Veterans History Project: James Smither, Director of GVSU's Veterans History Project, reflects on working with veteran communities and the interesting places oral history projects can go.
- Archaeology, Anthropology, & Local History: GVSU professor emerita Jan Brashler highlights the rich connections between anthropology, archaeology, and local history in West Michigan.
The Kutsche Office of Local History has a slate of online tutorials to assist people with different aspects of recording, sharing, and planning projects related to local history.
- Creating Videos for Local History Organizations
- Save Your History: Family and Community Archiving Basics
Using the digitized Stories of Summer collection at Grand Valley State University's Special Collections & University Archives, these videos walk viewers through conducting research in a digital archive, analyzing sources, working with digitized oral histories, and special considerations for different kinds of archival materials. This project was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage grant.
- Stories of Summer - Intro to the Saugatuck Douglas Collection
- Stories of Summer - Oral Histories
- Stories of Summer - Photographs and Written Materials
This five-part series of video shorts provides information into how to conduct oral histories and what considerations should be taken before beginning an oral history project.
12th Annual Local History Roundtable: Leading the Charge for Change
The 12th Annual Local History Roundtable centers around the idea of women Leading the Charge for Change. A series of three live Zoom webinars explore the way West Michigan women have collaborated to create change in their communities.
ALL INT 100/201 APPROVED
View the full playlist, including