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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

If a picture is worth 1,000 words...

...imagine what you can do with thousands of pictures! It is the plan of the Grand Rapids Historical Commission to collect images from the personal collections of local families, local archives of public and private institutions and organizations, and other local sources that reflect and reveal family and community life and the ways in which Grand Rapids people worked, traveled, educated and enjoyed themselves from the mid-nineteenth through the twentieth century. This time of social, economic, environmental, and technological change will be documented through thousands of images that can be used to discover Grand Rapids' past, and also develop skills of observation, analysis and critical thinking for students.

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