An important anniversary

April is National Poetry Month and this year (2023) marks 55 years since the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. 

Our hometown’s hero

This President’s Day we examine the legacy of Gerald R. Ford Jr. with some interesting facts about the nation’s 38th president, who grew up in Grand Rapids. 

Proud to be a Poppen

Christmas Day, 1965. Nancy K. Poppen of Muskegon is nine months pregnant. In fact, she’s about to burst. Her children, Wendy, 10 and Laurie, 5, are driving her absolutely crazy.

Top baby names of 2022

Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital has delivered 7,370 babies so far in 2022. Here are the top names for girls and for boys:

Play ball!

Some of the best places in Grand Rapids do their part to share the city’s history.

Poetry in motion

A fine artist and poet, William Randolph (Randy) Brown came to Grand Rapids as a young man.

Harrowing journey

At the close of World War II, thousands of women came to the United States as war brides, mostly from Europe. Felipa Breguera was one of 2,215 Filipina women who immigrated to America between 1946-1950 under the War Brides Act.

Peek into West Michigan’s nursing history

After graduating from nursing school in the 1890s, Lulu L. Cudney worked as a registered nurse in Grand Rapids for more than 60 years. In 1951, she compiled a history of nursing in the community, including stories and photographs about dozens of local women.

A restaurant with flair

Started by Lebanese immigrant Deeb Hattem in 1910, Hattem’s was a fixture at Wealthy and Division for nearly 60 years.

Breaking a barrier

In 1947, employment options for Black Grand Rapidians were limited mostly to hotels, restaurants, domestic work or hard labor.

All downhill from here

Sledding has long been a popular winter activity for kids in Grand Rapids.




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