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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

History Grand Rapids by the Grand Rapids Historical Commission


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Grand Rapids Water Story, 19th Century, Part IXGrand Rapids Water Story, 19th Century, Part VIIIMill Creek Bass HatcheryStreet Railway Co. Conductors & MotormenSummer CollectionBlacksmiths and CarpentersGrand Rapids Water Story, 19th Century, Part VIIThe Nelson Elms


We've Moved the Furniture!

Take a tour of Furniture City History. Find out more about Grand Rapids. A lot more. Made possible through a generous grant by the Furniture Manufacturers’ Heritage Advised Fund, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Furniture City History is a brand new Grand Rapids Historical Commission sister-site that will continue to evolve as a local history resource. Stop by and take a look—just click on the Furniture City History flag on the right.

Moving always creates surprises. We've tried our best to make a smooth transition, but if you spot missing links or other blunders please let us know via our Contact Page.

Furniture City History

Click the Furniture City History flag at the left to visit our sister-site where Grand Rapids furniture history resides.


Father Morrow Collection

It is a pleasure to work with Father Dennis Morrow and to present some of the many historical pieces he has created. Don’t miss the Historic Theater Listing, the History of Streets, and check on some of his other interesting items in Collections.




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