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Kevin Finney to speak at LDL on history of Grand River and its inhabitants June 21 | Arts & Culture

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Kevin Finney to speak at LDL on history of Grand River and its inhabitants June 21
Kevin Finney to speak at LDL on history of Grand River and its inhabitants June 21

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- The public is invited to the Loutit District Library (LDL) on June 21 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. to join outdoorsman and scholar Kevin Finney from the Great Lakes Lifeways Institute to discover and examine long and ever evolving relationships with the Grand River as he presents a journey through time titled, “Agents of Change: Our Human Role in the Changing Ecology of the Grand River.”

Finney’s presentation, held in LDL’s Program Room A, will follow the story of the Grand River and its use by Native Americans and the European White settlers who followed. His focus is on the changing influence people have with the ecology of the river and the cultural ideals and practices of the many groups who have lived here over time.   

He goes on to explain why people have been a significant part of the Grand River's ecology since the last glaciers retreated. He will go on to state that since thousands of years different cultural practices and human activities have had major impacts, both positive and negative on the river and the land which borders it.

Kevin Finney has been a lifelong student of West Michigan's rich cultural and natural history. For over 15 years he has served as a folklorist, historian, naturalist and educator who have worked with schools, museums and Native American Tribes.

Finney is currently the Director of the Great Lakes Lifeways Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing regional arts, traditions and ecological knowledge, where he is leading a pioneering initiative to create a local educational curriculum based on the eco-cultural history of the Grand River. 

Finney’s presentation is part of a free monthly series of discussions presented by the Grand River Greenway Celebration committee. For more information on the program, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214. For more information on other Grand River Greenway Parks Celebration events happening in 2012, visit Ottawa County Parks’ website, www.miottawa.org/parks, or call (616) 738-4810.


Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District. LDL is open 69 hours per week September through May and 65 hours per week June through August offering a collection of over 122,500 items and hosting a variety of educational, informative, cultural, and recreational programs for all ages.