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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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The Latest Items

Street Railway Company's East Street StationThe Street Railway System of Grand Rapids: Its Cable, Steam, Horse and Electric Power LinesGrand Rapids Water Story, 19th Century, Part VUniform CollectionGrand Rapids Water Story, 19th Century, Part IVHotel & Bank Buildings, Downtown AreaPeople's BuildingGrand Rapids Trust


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 new sister-site where Grand Rapids furniture history now 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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