- Physical Description: 9.88 Linear feet
The Grand Rapids Humanities Council was organized in 1976 to celebrate the nation's Bicentennial. The Council is affiliated with the Michigan Humanities Council and is involved in helping organize and fund programs for the arts, as well as other historical and cultural endeavors. This collection includes memos, committee meeting records, correspondence, donation records, brochures and records of programs. Many of the programs were connected with the Michigan sesquicentennial celebration in 1987. Among these programs were educational efforts, video tapes, oral presentations, financial records, an awareness campaign and promotions.
Contains various memos, correspondence, financial records, promotional information, awareness campaign information, brochures, educational services and other programs undertaken by the Council during Michigan's Sesquicentennial in 1987. Specific programs include the Pow-Wow, the Fourth of July Gala, the July 25th fireworks, the Michigan Family Reunion, Michigan Sesquicentennial Promotions, Michigan Week, Michigan 150 First Lady Award, Educational programs. The Awareness and Educational Campaign included the 150 ways, which was a list of 150 suggestions for celebrating the sesquicentennial. The Grand River Odyssey, history and facts, and the bridge lighting programs are also included. The Grand River Odyssey was an oral presentation by Timothy Cusack to school children and others.The financial information includes the fund raising information, and funding acknowledgements, and donor information. This fund raising was done by Monaghan and Associates who in turn hired Wondergem and Lukens to help. Funds were raised from various sources such as the Grand Rapids Foundation, Meijer's Inc., the Steelcase Foundation, Amway Inc., and the Sebastian Foundation.Boxes 10-29 are unprocessed.
|Immediate Source of Acquisition Note:||
Mary Pierce; Linda Samuelson; Ben DeanAccession numbers 1988.004, 2004.050, 1997.007 (unprocessed), 2011.025 (unprocessed)
|Location of Other Archival Materials Note:||
Coll. 270, Gathered At the River Collection, documents a project supported by the Humanities Council, and materials collected during the project.Coll. 273, Father Dennis Morrow Grand Rapids History Collection, may contain materials associated with a video presentation on the historical West Side, or other documents from Morrow's independent work, or work on Humanities Council projects.Coll. 343, Heart & Soul, documents the Grand Rapids neighborhoods project, the book, and some items collected during that project.Coll. 109, GRPL Administrative Archives. May contain additional programming materials from the time period when the Humanities Council was directly associated with the Grand Rapids Public Library.
|Biographical or Historical Data:||
The Grand Rapids Humanities Council was organized in 1976 to celebrate the nation's Bicentennial, and continues today (2000). The Council is involved in helping organize and fund programs for the arts and other historical and cultural endeavors, such as symphony performances and art exhibits.Under the leadership of Mary Pierce, the Council became heavily involved with the organization of the local celebration of Michigan's Sesquicentennial in 1987. A local Sesquicentennial Committee was formed in 1984. This effort was guided by two subcommittees, Executive and Campaign.The Executive Committee was composed of Frederik Meijer (Chairman, Meijer Inc.), Robert Pew (Chairman and CEO, Steelcase Inc.), and Jay VanAndel (Chairman, Amway Inc.).The Campaign Committee was chaired by John Logie, partner in the Warner, Norcross & Judd law firm, and currently mayor of Grand Rapids. City historian, Gordon Olson, was also quite involved with this project. The committee members were Robert Becker (president, Metrobanc Federal Savings Bank), Kenneth Boden (owner, McDonald's at 28th and Michael), Bruce Brown (president, United Development Real Estate Corp.), Michael Cuncannan (managing partner, Seidman & Seidman), Edward E. Duba, Sr. (owner, Dubas Restaurant), Robert C. Geyer (partner in Crowe, Chezek & Co. C.P.A.), Robert L. Hooker (president, Mazda Distributors Great Lakes), Dr. Norbert Hruby (president, Aquinas College), William Johnson (vice president, District Operation Michcon), Ronald LaReau (senior vice president, Prime Bank), Hank Meijer (vice chairman, Meijer Inc.), Milton W. Rohwer (president, G.R. Area Chamber of Commerce), Craig Schopf (president, Union Bank), Max E. Smith (managing partner, Touche-Ross), Howard Sutton (director of corporate communication, Steelcase Inc.), Nan VanAndel (vice president communications, Amway Inc.), David Wagner (president, Old Kent Bank & Trust Co.), Thomas Wesholski (president, Michigan National Bank).Linda Samuelson became Executive Director in 1987?, retiring in 2004. In 1999, Samuelson’s position was made part of the Grand Rapids Public Library, and called “Library Program Manager.” With Samuelson's retirement in 2004, the office and position were moved to Grand Valley State University, with Cheryl VanTil as the new Executive Director.
|Cumulative Index/Finding Aids Note:||
Finding Aid Available Online: https://www.grpl.org/uploads/grhsc/156.pdf
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