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The Grand Rapids Historical Commission Podcast features "A Glance at the Past," a local history radio project. Take a listen to give you a glimpse of Grand Rapids in the past.

Latest Episodes

Roads and Streets

The early roads into the village of Grand Rapids were along Indian trails, and the influence of these trails on the city can still be seen today.

2 MIN2014 MAR 31
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Roads and Streets

Mill Creek Bass Hatchery

The only institution of its kind in the world, the Michigan Fish Commission's hatchery was located within three miles of Grand Rapids.

2 MIN2014 MAR 24
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Mill Creek Bass Hatchery

The Irish

The Irish seemed to have followed the direction of the westward movement on the Erie Canal and later the railroads.

2 MIN2014 MAR 17
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The Irish

Blacksmiths and Carpenters

The first trade established in the village of Grand Rapids was that of blacksmith, and the carpenters were not far behind.

2 MIN2014 MAR 10
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Blacksmiths and Carpenters

The Nelson Elms

Two fine elm trees stood on Bostwick St. At least three feet in diameter, and sixty feet high, their wide tops shaded both sides of the street. The city was ready to cut them down.

2 MIN2014 MAR 3
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The Nelson Elms

Historic City Elections

More than one town has claimed itself the GOP's birthplace. One of those towns was Grand Rapids, back in 1854.

2 MIN2014 FEB 17
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Historic City Elections

Homemade Auto

Several enterprising youngsters, bent on the possession of an automobile, but not having the price of one, contrived a ride in a horseless carriage.

1 MIN2014 FEB 10
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Homemade Auto

Cosmetics Business

For 19th century women, making a living was fraught with hurdles. Nora Husted found way to support herself and her five children by making face cream in her kitchen from an old family recipe. It grew into a Grand Rapidsbusiness that lasted over 50 years.

2 MIN2014 FEB 3
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Cosmetics Business

St. Cecilia Building

A small group of nine women were responsible for the construction, in 1893, of the St. Cecilia building, dedicated to the purpose of music.

2 MIN2014 JAN 27
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St. Cecilia Building

Jess Elster is Dead

Jess Elster was a symbol of semi-pro baseball. He came to Grand Rapids in 1904 and played his first season as a catcher the next year. When he died in December of 1950, he had been "Mr. Baseball" of the city for almost 50 years.

2 MIN2014 JAN 6
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Jess Elster is Dead

Latest Episodes

Roads and Streets

The early roads into the village of Grand Rapids were along Indian trails, and the influence of these trails on the city can still be seen today.

2 MIN2014 MAR 31
Comments
Roads and Streets

Mill Creek Bass Hatchery

The only institution of its kind in the world, the Michigan Fish Commission's hatchery was located within three miles of Grand Rapids.

2 MIN2014 MAR 24
Comments
Mill Creek Bass Hatchery

The Irish

The Irish seemed to have followed the direction of the westward movement on the Erie Canal and later the railroads.

2 MIN2014 MAR 17
Comments
The Irish

Blacksmiths and Carpenters

The first trade established in the village of Grand Rapids was that of blacksmith, and the carpenters were not far behind.

2 MIN2014 MAR 10
Comments
Blacksmiths and Carpenters

The Nelson Elms

Two fine elm trees stood on Bostwick St. At least three feet in diameter, and sixty feet high, their wide tops shaded both sides of the street. The city was ready to cut them down.

2 MIN2014 MAR 3
Comments
The Nelson Elms

Historic City Elections

More than one town has claimed itself the GOP's birthplace. One of those towns was Grand Rapids, back in 1854.

2 MIN2014 FEB 17
Comments
Historic City Elections

Homemade Auto

Several enterprising youngsters, bent on the possession of an automobile, but not having the price of one, contrived a ride in a horseless carriage.

1 MIN2014 FEB 10
Comments
Homemade Auto

Cosmetics Business

For 19th century women, making a living was fraught with hurdles. Nora Husted found way to support herself and her five children by making face cream in her kitchen from an old family recipe. It grew into a Grand Rapidsbusiness that lasted over 50 years.

2 MIN2014 FEB 3
Comments
Cosmetics Business

St. Cecilia Building

A small group of nine women were responsible for the construction, in 1893, of the St. Cecilia building, dedicated to the purpose of music.

2 MIN2014 JAN 27
Comments
St. Cecilia Building

Jess Elster is Dead

Jess Elster was a symbol of semi-pro baseball. He came to Grand Rapids in 1904 and played his first season as a catcher the next year. When he died in December of 1950, he had been "Mr. Baseball" of the city for almost 50 years.

2 MIN2014 JAN 6
Comments
Jess Elster is Dead