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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 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: Director of Amazing Circles Workshops to speak at LDL April 2

My Town Grand Haven: Director of Amazing Circles Workshops to speak at LDL April 2

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.– Loutit District Library will present Dave Kampfschulte, director of Amazing Circles Workshops, national speaker, facilitator, and author of "I’m Dying to Talk with You: Twenty Five Years of Conversations on End of Life Decisions" on Thursday, April 2.

In this presentation titled "I’m Dying to Talk to You," Kampfschulte will draw upon 27 years of experiences as a hospice volunteer to discuss advanced care planning, initiating end of life conversations with others, and helping people to think about and discuss death in a positive way.

Kampfschulte will also explore some of the roadblocks we often put in the way of discussing death. While a difficult subject, this session will be interactive, informative and delivered with energy, empathy and humor.

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.”

My Town Grand Haven: Ice cream entrepreneur to give the scoop on business start-ups March 19

My Town Grand Haven: Ice cream entrepreneur to give the scoop on business start-ups March 19

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Kelly Larson, owner of several ice cream stores in Grand Haven, will share funny stories and insights into the life of a small business owner with her program at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, March 19, titled "I Wish I had Your Job: All You Do is Drive Around and Buy Bananas."

Topics include starting a business, developing a business philosophy and applying it to everyday practices. Larson started scooping ice cream at her parents’ shop in the late 1980s and is now owner of Temptations, Sweet Temptations, Skoops, Front Porch, and more recently, Fortino’s.

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

My Town: Run to support crime victims during Katty Shack 5K

My Town: Run to support crime victims during Katty Shack 5K

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Registration is now open for the Katty Shack 5K Memorial Run.

The event, which is in honor of Katherine Brown, will take place April 26 in Grand Haven.  Proceeds from the race will go to the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan.  The event has generated more than $50,000 for the foundation in years past.

For additional information and to register, visit  www.kattyshackrace.com.