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Jun
6
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Summer Wonder Pop-up: Yellowstone National Park

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Add to Calendar 06/06/2020 10:00 AM 06/06/2020 10:30 AM America/New_York Summer Wonder Pop-up: Yellowstone National Park

The National Parks may be closed but take this opportunity to travel out West and explore Yellowstone from your very own couch. Whether you explore Fort Yellowstone or dive into the Grand Canyon, take the time to explore nature and learn a little history along the way. Summer Wonder weekend pop-up programs are a collection of outside sources.

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The National Parks may be closed but take this opportunity to travel out West and explore Yellowstone from

Jun
17
Wed

Summer Wonder Wednesdays: MyHeritage Genealogy Database

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/17/2020 06:30 PM 06/17/2020 07:30 PM America/New_York Summer Wonder Wednesdays: MyHeritage Genealogy Database

Wednesday evenings online. Learn to navigate the MyHeritage Genealogy Database with Library of Michigan's Community Engagement Librarian, Adam Oster.

 

 

 

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Jul
1
Wed

Summer Wonder Wednesdays: Swords and Bayonets at the Battle of Gettysburg

6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Add to Calendar 07/01/2020 06:30 PM 07/01/2020 07:00 PM America/New_York Summer Wonder Wednesdays: Swords and Bayonets at the Battle of Gettysburg

Watch this event online. Jump back in time Into This Deadly Melee - Swords and Bayonets at the Battle of Gettysburg with Historian Jerry Berg of the Swordsmanship Museum and Academy.

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Watch this event online. Jump back in time Into This Deadly Melee - Swords and Bayonets at the Battl

Feb
19
Wed

Black History Month: Story Quilts

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Add to Calendar 02/19/2020 06:30 PM 02/19/2020 07:30 PM America/New_York Black History Month: Story Quilts

Local Quilters Georgia Farr and Erica Millbrook will describe the origins and creation of the Underground Railroad quilt. These quilts reportedly were used to guide escaping slaves on the journey North when encountered hanging on a line at a “station house”. The patterns and colors spoke a secret language to the “conductors” who were bringing slaves to freedom. These experts host the Baxter Quilt Show and support the elevation of the quilting craft and its rich place in African American culture. Presented in partnership by Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives.

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Local Quilters Georgia Farr and Erica Millbrook will describe the origins and creation of the Underground Railroad quilt.

Feb
12
Wed

Black History Month: Music of the Civil Rights Movement

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Add to Calendar 02/12/2020 06:30 PM 02/12/2020 07:30 PM America/New_York Black History Month: Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Local music expert Jon VanderPloeg will discuss the music of the 1960s Civil Rights era that served as the background music for the movement. The lyrics and beats not only spoke about the “Revolution” but inspired millions to take to the streets to address the racism, sexism, capitalism and militarism of the times. His powerful images and stirring music will give you a sense of what it was like on the protest lines. Presented in partnership by Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives.

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Local music expert Jon VanderPloeg will discuss the music of the 1960s Civil Rights era that served as the background music for the movement.

Feb
5
Wed

Black History Month: From the Hood to Under the Hood - Black Comic Book Superheroes

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Add to Calendar 02/05/2020 06:30 PM 02/05/2020 07:30 PM America/New_York Black History Month: From the Hood to Under the Hood - Black Comic Book Superheroes

Local comic book collector and Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives board member Michael Curtis will talk about his love of comic books and how as a youth he started his collection that has grown to one of the largest in the Midwest. He has been able to collect and document the rise of African American superheroes portrayed in Marvel and DC comics as well as many unknown Black comic book companies. He will display posters and copies of these books with his lecture.

 

 

 

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Local comic book collector and Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives board member Michael Curtis will talk about his love of comic