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Local historian to speak June 7 on history of the Grand River and its inhabitants
Local historian to speak June 7 on history of the Grand River and its inhabitants

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Local historian Dr. Wally Ewing will present his program titled, “A Grand River, A Safe Haven,” at the Loutit District Library on June 7 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Program Room A.

Ewing’s presentation will follow the story of the Grand River and its use by Native Americans and the European White settlers who followed. Attendees will see how the various peoples who have inhabited this land known today as Northwest Ottawa County utilized Michigan’s longest river, whether in canoes, boats, packets, or Chris Craft. 

From fur traders to lumber barons to manufacturing moguls to casual boating, the Grand River has played a continuing and critical role in the development of our community.  Special attention will be given to the dramatic Log Jam of 1883.

Ewing’s presentation is part of a monthly series of discussions presented by the Grand River Greenway Celebration committee. For more information on thei 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.