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Historian Jay Follis Chronicles Titanic’s West Michigan Connections at Loutit District Library

Historian Jay Follis Chronicles Titanic’s West Michigan Connections at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The story of the Titanic is well-known. The maiden voyage of the famed “unsinkable” ship ended in disaster in April 1912 when it struck an iceberg and sank. Of the over 2,200 passengers onboard, including many of the world’s wealthiest, only 705 people survived.

 “But did you know that Michigan has several connections to the disaster?” asks historian Jay Follis.

Mr. Follis will be the special guest lecturer on Thursday, April 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. at  Loutit District Library, presenting his engaging and informative program “Titanic: West Michigan Connections.”

“More than 60 passengers aboard the doomed liner were from Michigan or heading to our state,” he explains.  These included the ultra-wealthy who booked 1st Class accommodations to those in 3rd Class immigrating to the state. Each had their own dreams and aspirations.

And each, according to Follis, “has their own fascinating stories.”

LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents GVSU Student String Quartet

LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents GVSU Student String Quartet

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The Laker Quartet from Grand Valley State University will present a classical concert of string instruments as the Loutit District Library’s Sunday Concert Series continues on April 12.

The student quartet features violinists Jaclyn Ruedisueli and Alison Sall; violist Elizabeth Boyce; and cellist Kevin Flynn who will perform works by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and German composer Felix Mendelssohn.

The concert will be held on LDL’s upper level lobby area from 2-3 p.m. Library officials urged the public to come early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1p.m. on Sundays.

Funding for LDL’s 2014-15 Sunday Concert Series is generously provided by the Matilda and Harold Crane Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

For more information on this performance or any library program, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 200.

LDL Presents GVSU Professor/Author in Syrian and Lebanese Studies April 9

LDL Presents GVSU Professor/Author in Syrian and Lebanese Studies April 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.– Author and GVSU professor Jim Goode will present a brief history of the old Syrian community of Grand Rapids, one of the largest in the United States on Thursday, April 9 at the Loutit District Library.

He will discuss patterns of immigration, the economic and religious character of the community, and its slow process of acculturation. He will focus on one member of this community in particular, businessman Joseph Nejem, who made his home in Grand Haven from 1908 to 1970

Goode’s program is free to the public and runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the LDL’s Program Room A. For more information on LDL programs, visit www.loutitilibbrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church set for mission trip milestone in Haiti

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church set for mission trip milestone in Haiti

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- A team of parishioners from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Grand Haven will soon travel to Morne L'Hopital, Haiti to bring much-needed supplies to a school and sister parish Sts. Simon and Jude.

The trip on April 8-14 marks the 20th anniversary of collaboration between the parishes, which are separated by 1,883 miles.  Over the past two decades, 101 parishioners from St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish have made mission trips to Sts. Simon and Jude Parish and other outreach ministries in Haiti to help the poorest of the poor.

"While our focus is education, we support the day-to-day operation of the parish priest and his staff, plus assist in the medical clinic in a complementary way," said Jose Astua, director of mission and ministry with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Grand Haven.

My Town: Hundreds of students heading to state tournament

My Town: Hundreds of students heading to state tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A battle of the brains will include hundreds of West Michigan students in May.

Seventeen local teams made the cut during the Michigan Science Olympiad Regional 12 Tournament at Grand Valley State University last weekend.  Eleven middle school teams from Division B and six high school teams from Division C advanced to the State Tournament, including:

Division B

  • 1. Lakeshore Middle School
  • 2. Jenison Junior High School
  • 3. Chandler Woods Charter
  • 4. East Grand Rapids Middle School
  • 5. Allendale Middle School
  • 6. Harbor Lights Middle School
  • 7. Plymouth Christian Middle School
  • 8. White Pines Intermediate
  • 9. Macatawa Bay Middle School
  • 10. Grandville Middle School
  • 11. Dutton Christian Middle School
  • Alternate: Forest Hills Central Middle School

 

Division C

My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host Lincoln in Illinois program March 26

My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host Lincoln in Illinois program March 26

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- On Thursday, March 26,  Tom Buettner will take Loutit District Library patrons back in time to Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln started out on his own.

Lincoln started his law practice in New Salem and raised his family in Springfield, where he was later laid to rest.

On April 15, the 150th Civil War Commemoration recognizes the death of Abraham Lincoln. His funeral train, which will be replicated, took the long journey back to Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery, carrying Lincoln and his son, little Willie.

There were many twists and turns in this latter event before Lincoln was finally laid to rest.

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”