The Rapidian


Neighbors reflect on history of mining, dumps on Westside

by (jproth1)

Submitted 02-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Living on the westside of Grand Rapids has always had its own unique pride and challenges. There was a time before gentrification when many residents felt the westside was not important to the city. There was a time when the city used it as a dump...

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UICA hosts founder of Jim Crow Museum to discuss race, art

by (UICA)

Submitted 04-18-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts features gallery exhibitions of work from regional, national and international artists throughout the year and hosts a range of events including concerts, performance art, artist receptions and gallery talks...

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Premiere of WMCAT student-produced documentary will highlight local social justice and equity

by (wmcat)

Submitted 02-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

Maybe you’ve cranked the volume up while listening to the latest post-breakup song, or you’ve listened to a song in remembrance of your childhood years or deceased loved ones; No matter what emotion you may be experiencing, music has the...

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GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History delves into the history of student activism

by (Taylor Fussman)

Submitted 02-16-2017 under NEWS

Throughout the history of Grand Valley State University, students have engaged in the constantly changing political and social climate in the world surrounding them. Students today have the opportunity to learn about these past events by visiting...

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GRAAMA Royal Opening centers offerings of local African-Americans

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 12-20-2016 under NEWS

Until now, there have been few places to learn about the very first African-Americans to live in Grand Rapids. The Dutch heritage of early West Michigan settlers is often a driving narrative of Grand Rapids history, as well as that of Polish and...

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Calkins Law Office - The oldest building in Grand Rapids

by (GRTV)

Submitted 08-25-2016 under NONPROFITS

We all admire this beautiful city that we call Grand Rapids. It is grand for many reasons, ranging from its patron’s artistic ability, and more recently, its brewing ability and beautiful modern skyline. Have you ever wondered what Grand...

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Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes is all in the family

by (Heritage Hill A...)

Submitted 05-17-2016 under NEWS

Every family is a collection of unique individuals, each with their own story to tell. The homes in Heritage Hill are like a family, and whether grand or small, showy or simple, centenarians or new kids on the block, they win the hearts of the...

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A history of dental health in Grand Rapids

by (rachelcc)

Submitted 05-17-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids is developing a reputation for its hospitals, health care workers, medical training and research facilities, but the city has been a forerunner for many years, particularly when it comes to dental health.   Grand Rapids was the...

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Prehistoric Michigan covered by ancient seas, tropical jungles before Mitten formed

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 04-08-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Today the City of Grand Rapids is a modern city with large buildings, suburban sprawl, and statues dedicated to males of European ancestry. Though these elements are part of our history as a city, they fail to tell the full story of the land that...

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Grand Rapids' Third Regiment played important role in Civil War

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 03-17-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Two days after South Carolina seceded from the United States on December 20, 1860, with 10 more states following suit, fresh stacks of the Grand Rapids' newspaper, the Daily Eagle, lay along with streets with an enlistment call...

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