The Rapidian

Michigan

Glance at the Past - Prohibition

by (WYCE)

Submitted 08-29-2011 under NONPROFITS

Michigan followed Maine's idea for prohibition in 1853, but, it was found impossible to do enforce this ideal in Grand Rapids. By 1870, Grand Rapids housed 58 saloons and five breweries. Women's organizations for prohibition, were an...

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Glance at the Past - Wealthy Theatre

by (WYCE)

Submitted 08-05-2011 under NONPROFITS

Wealthy Theatre was first opened in 1911.  It has seen it's share of ups and downs over the last 100 years.  This episode of Glance at the Past takes you through it's history of closures, imminent demolition, and its glorious...

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Glance at the Past - Gerald R. Ford

by (WYCE)

Submitted 07-07-2011 under NONPROFITS

A brief history of "Grand Rapids' favorite son," Gerald R. Ford.

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Izzy Goes To Italy

by (UICA)

Submitted 06-15-2011 under NONPROFITS

On the northern coast of Italy, sits the small city of Muggia. Surrounded by a system of hills, Muggia’s name is derived from the ancient word for coastal swamp. But when Israel (Izzy) Davis, Director of Ceramics at UICA and Professor at...

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Glance at the Past - Apple Smorgasbord

by (WYCE)

Submitted 06-03-2011 under NONPROFITS

West of the Grand River was home of the Peach Ridge Growers Association formed in 1928.  Farmers found the peachy soil to be just right for growing apples.  The first apple smorgasbord was held in 1951 to build community through a growers...

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Peopledesign Helps Transform UICA’s Brand

by (UICA)

Submitted 06-01-2011 under NONPROFITS

A cornerstone of the West Michigan community since 1977, UICA is on the cusp of opening a prominent new facility in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. As part of this move, UICA has engaged Peopledesign to help focus and re-invigorate the UICA...

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Elizabeth Goes to Eksperimenta!

by (UICA)

Submitted 05-27-2011 under NONPROFITS

If anyone had suggested a year ago to Elizabeth Goddard, Education Director at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) that she’d be presenting at an arts conference in Estonia, she would have said, “Yeah, right.” And then...

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350 AmeriCorps members gather in GR to improve community through service weekend

by (MCSC)

Submitted 05-20-2011 under NONPROFITS

Slideshow photos contributed by Steven Depolo   This weekend, more than 350 of Michigan’s AmeriCorps members from across the state are in Grand Rapids to focus on serving city parks and the Wealthy Heights neighborhood. As part of the...

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River Bank Run Runner: Shannon Cunningham

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 05-03-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

The race of choice: 25k Why she's running it: "I ask myself that question every year. I think the answer lies in the fact that once you run the River Bank Run (RBR), it's hard not to want to run it again. Between the training, the...

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Wild, weedy & edible: the infamous garlic mustard

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 04-28-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

What is the adage, "A weed is a plant that is growing where you don't want it?" Abundant in areas of disturbed soil - at the forest's edge, along roadsides, and on river floodplains, the garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is...

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