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Saving nature

Community organizing helped keep Charles Garfield’s legacy intact.

Rock enthusiast

Blandford Nature Center founder was a hidden gem.

Women on the line

A group of Grand Rapids factory workers stood up for labor rights.

Breaking barriers

Dr. Eugene Browning paved the way for Black doctors in Grand Rapids.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. David May ensured Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy grew in Grand Rapids.

Holidays past

This holiday scene shows what Christmas looked like in a house at 458 Adams St. SE, circa 1925.

Here comes Santa

The Jaycees ensured Santa Claus continued to visit Grand Rapids each year.

Women and Prohibition

As Prohibition played out in Grand Rapids, local women were active on both sides of the issue.

Unknowable history

An old ice cream sign leaves many questions unanswered.

Victory gardens

Gardening during times of upheaval has a long history.

Bridging community

Once a logging route, today the Blue Bridge is a gathering spot.

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