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Grand Rapids in 1856

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History Grand Rapids by the Grand Rapids Historical Commission


About Members

The mission given the Grand Rapids Historical Commission (GRHC), established by the city in 1962, was to, "Collect, preserve, publish, and disseminate the history of Grand Rapids." Thirteen members, appointed by the mayor and city commission for three-year renewable terms, pursue this mission by publishing books and videos, and more recently by documenting segments of the city’s history on the GRHC website.

An alphabetical list of all those who have served on the GRHC since 1962, and the year they were appointed, follows a decade listing of members. In addition to commission members the list includes students and staff who have served.

Member List

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  • 1962
  • 1968
  • 1974
  • 1981
  • 1987
  • 1993
  • 2000
  • 2006
  • 2013
  • All
  • 60s
  • 70s
  • 80s
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Members from 1962 to 2013

Lewis Clingman

joined 1962

John A. Collins

joined 1962

Norman DeGraaf

joined 1962

Gerald A. Elliott

joined 1962

Mrs. Lee Wilson Hutchins

joined 1962

Thomas G. Kindel

joined 1962

Z.Z. Lydens

joined 1962

John P. Milanowski

joined 1962

Carl H. Morgenstern

joined 1962

Raymond W. Starr

joined 1962

Lewis Steenwyk

joined 1962

Gerald E. White

joined 1962

John Wurz

joined 1962

Joe Zandstra

joined 1962

W. D Frankforter

joined 1962

City Staff

B. G. Brown

joined 1963

Lynn G. Mapes

joined 1970

Donald W. Kohlstedt

joined 1971

Gerald A Bax

joined 1972

Gail O. DeYoung

joined 1972

Paul B. Henry

joined 1972

Homer Burch

joined 1973

Barbara Roelofs

joined 1973

William A. Johnson

joined 1974

Helen Meade

joined 1974

Chris A. DeYoung

joined 1975

John H. Kromminga

joined 1975

Weldon B. Frankforter

joined 1976

Rev. Lyman S. Parks

joined 1976

Carl Eschels

joined 1977

Judith B. Miller

joined 1977

Edward A. Symans

joined 1979

Father Dennis Morrow

joined 1982

Helen J. Claytor

joined 1983

Mary Edmond

joined 1984

Leo W. Graff Jr.

joined 1984

Margaret Snow

joined 1984

John Logie

joined 1985

James VanVulpen

joined 1985

Francisco Vega

joined 1985

Ronald Yob

joined 1985

Gordon Olson

joined 1985

City Staff

June O. Horowitz

joined 1986

Sue Steketee

joined 1986

Anthony Travis

joined 1986

Mary Alice Williams

joined 1986

Bill Cunningham

joined 1986

City Staff

Micki Benz

joined 1987

Harold Dekker

joined 1987

Albert Steil

joined 1988

Jenny Siwek

joined 1988

Student

Omar LaBlanc

joined 1988

Student

Herbert J. Brinks

joined 1989

Jacqueline R. Johnson

joined 1989

Anne D Slade

joined 1989

Bessie Ward

joined 1989

Janelle Mayweather

joined 1989

Student

James Palasek

joined 1989

Student

Gary W. Burbridge

joined 1990

Natasha C. Ream

joined 1990

Student

Ramon Berlanga

joined 1990

Student

Hugh W. Brenneman Jr.

joined 1991

Mauricio Jimenez Jr.

joined 1991

Marc Hilton

joined 1991

Student

Jodi K. Zimmerman

joined 1991

Student

Marty T. Arnold

joined 1992

Lawrence E. Pawl

joined 1993

Levi Rickert

joined 1993

Eduard Adam Skendzel

joined 1993

Clay E. Palmer

joined 1994

Marsha J. Peterson

joined 1994

Karolee Hazlewood-Gilman

joined 1994

City Staff

Adam Beckwith

joined 1994

Student

Jo Ellyn Clarey

joined 1995

Randall Jelks

joined 1995

Colleen R. Jousma

joined 1995

Student

Bernadece Norberg

joined 1995

Student

Janice M. Johnson

joined 1996

James C. Markle

joined 1996

Michael G. Smith

joined 1996

Sandra L. Wright

joined 1996

Kelly Haga

joined 1996

Student

Scott Landheer

joined 1996

Student

Thomas R. Blackford

joined 1997

Maurilia Blakely

joined 1997

Barbara L. McGregor-Packer

joined 1997

Steven E. Tripp

joined 1997

Scott Hardy

joined 1997

Student

Alessia Jasinski

joined 1997

Student

Laureen Kennedy

joined 1998

Bruce A. Tap

joined 1998

Jimmie D. Kilgore

joined 1998

Student

Megan Scanlan

joined 1998

Student

Eugene E. Smary

joined 1999

Jerod Rinkus

joined 1999

Student

Carl J. Bajema

joined 2001

Current member

Diana E. Barrett

joined 2001

Current member

Paul Kutsche

joined 2001

Miguel A. Berrios

joined 2002

Muriel D. James

joined 2002

John Douglas

joined 2003

L. Michael Light

joined 2003

Daniel J. Patterson

joined 2003

Ella Mary Sims

joined 2003

Sarah Flores

joined 2003

Student

Dung Ngoc Pham

joined 2003

Student

Robert VanderMolen

joined 2004

Patricia Clark

joined 2005

Matthew Daley

joined 2006

Current member

Eric Foster

joined 2006

Amanda Lathers

joined 2006

Student

Nicholas Briggs

joined 2007

Candace Chivis

joined 2007

Current member

Veronica Kandl

joined 2007

Shirley M. DeBoer

joined 2008

Current member

Thomas Dilley

joined 2008

Current member

Thomas Logan

joined 2008

Current member

Rebecca Smith-Hoffman

joined 2008

Current member

Richard Vettese

joined 2008

Current member

Tim Gleisner

joined 2008

City Staff

Marlene Fabbro

joined 2009

Current member

Gary F. Korreck

joined 2009

Current member

Alexander Preston

joined 2009

Student

Thomas Wilson

joined 2010

Current member

Alex Forist

joined 2013

Current member




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