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My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

HOLLAND, MIch. – Writing as D.R. James, David James of the Hope College English faculty explores conflict in myriad forms and its aftermath in “Why War,” a chapbook of poetry published recently by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.

“’Why War’ has no question mark, and that is no minor matter, turning the title into something like a Zen koan,” said Fred Marchant, author of the collection's “The Looking House” and “Full Moon Boat.”  Marchant spoke at Hope in February 2012 through the college’s A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series.  “This poetry probes the ‘why war’ we instinctively wage with life.  We demand answers, crave reasons why, especially regarding undeserved suffering.  This collection arcs from the family legacies of war, through the painful dissolution of a marriage, and finally presents a speaker who is ‘beyond compliance, beyond resistance,’ the clarity of truly being in the present,” he explains.

My Town: Kendall College professor presents program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois neighborhood

My Town: Kendall College professor presents program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois neighborhood

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Brenda Sipe, director of Continuing Studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, will take participants on a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park, IL neighborhood as the Loutit District Library’s centennial programs continue on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sipe’s program features the 125th anniversary of his home and studio, and the centennial of the tragic events at Taleisin.

This program is free to the public and held in the library’s Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

My Town: GVSU professor discusses historical meaning of Charles Bird King’s museum exhibit

My Town: GVSU professor discusses historical meaning of Charles Bird King’s museum exhibit

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Sean O'Neill, PhD will present his program titled "Picturing American Indians in the early 19th century: Putting Charles Bird King's portraits of Indian people into their early 19th Century historical context" on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Loutit District Library at 7 p.m.

Dr. O’Neill states that in 1821, Charles King (1785-1862) received a commission from his friend, Thomas L. McKenney, Superintendent of Indian Trade, to paint portraits of eight Western Indians brought to Washington D.C. to meet the U.S. President. By 1837, Charles had painted about 90 portraits, when Thomas L. McKenney created the National Indian Portrait Gallery.

The gallery was transferred to the Smithsonian and, all but three were lost in the great fire of 1865. Fortunately, many of the paintings exist in copies that King had made and in lithographs published in 1836-1844. 

Art Workshops @ SLDL

Art Workshops @ SLDL

Art Workshops @ SLDL

 

It’s all about art during the month of August at Spring Lake District Library. The library will be hosting both a watercolor and a pastel workshop. Adults and youth age 15 and older are invited to sign up for either or both. Each workshop is taught by an award winning local artist. Pre-registration is required and registrations are accepted at the Check Out Desk at the library. A non-refundable $10 materials fee is due at the time of registration. Seating is limited. All materials will be provided. Attendees should plan on bringing a lunch.

 

My Town Spring Lake: Take a trip through history with schoolhouse tour July 26

My Town Spring Lake: Take a trip through history with schoolhouse tour July 26

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The Tri-Cities Historical Museum is pleased to announce that it is hosting an open house at DeWitt School in Spring Lake.

DeWitt School Open House
Saturday, July 26, 2014
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The open house will be held on Saturday, July 26 at DeWitt School, 17716 Taft Street in Spring Lake.  The open house will run from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Free tours of the historic, one-room schoolhouse will be offered by docents dressed in 1895 period costumes.  Come and learn the history of this building and learn about a typical school day in 1895.

Please join us for this fun, family friendly opportunity!

 

My Town Grand Haven: Coast Guard festival underway

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—One of the most anticipated events of the summer is underway on the lakeshore.

The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival kicked off Friday.  Over the next nine days, the city will be home to parades, contests, carnivals, fireworks and much more. 

For festival chair Jeff Bradbury, the event holds personal meaning.

“I am a Coast Guard brat.  My dad was Coast Guard and I spent 28 years in the Coast Guard.  What these people do for festival is something I wanted to get involved in,” he explains. “These people are nothing short of outstanding.”

Bradbury says Coast Guard members fight to come to Grand Haven, also known as Coast Guard City USA.  The Coast Guard ships will arrive Monday.  For more information, visit the event website here.

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Outdoor Discovery Center naturalist Jamie Krupka will bring a hands-on program to the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area for two library performances on Tuesday, July 22 as part of its summer reading club.

The Outdoor Discovery Center’s program focuses on introducing children to Michigan wildlife. Live animals including reptiles, amphibians and birds will be used during the presentation. Kids will learn unique characteristics of animals and how they fit into our diverse ecosystems. Hands-on artifacts include skins, skulls, wings, feathers and talons of several species native to Michigan.

Krupka will present at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street,  from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Loutit District Library, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.