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Collecting and Preserving an Accurate Record of Our Past, and Teaching Our Diverse Local History to Future Generations.
Collecting and Preserving an Accurate Record of Our Past, and Teaching Our Diverse Local History to Future Generations.

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The Passenger Pigeon — Thursday, May 8at 7:00pm
Women's City Club
254 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) is estimated to have soared through the skies at 60 miles per hour in flocks of millions as early as 1600.

Pigeons were estimated to number between 3 and 5 billion, and estimated 40% of the total bird population in North America, during the 19th century. Yet human exploitation plunged this species into extinction over the course of just a few decades. Not to be confused with a Carrier Pigeon or the well-known Messenger Pigeon, we are talking about the gregarious Passenger Pigeon which lived and nested in enormous migratory flocks and became extinct in 1914.

Did Grand Rapids play a role in its demise? Come and find out more about this amazing species and explore how and why it went from billions to none in such a short span of time.

One hour prior to this event at 6:00 p.m. we will host our annual Member's Banquet and Baxter Award. Member's and non-member's welcome but it will require a ticket purchase associated with the dinner.

More information to come. The menu is looking very good.
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Book Available This May ...
The Notorious Isaac Earl and His Scouts
Union Soldiers, Prisoners, Spies
Gordon L. Olson

A little-known Civil War story of courage, intrigue, and romance

While large armies engaged in epic battles in the eastern theater of the Civil War, a largely unchronicled story was unfolding along the Mississippi River. Thirty "Special Scouts" under the command of Lieutenant Isaac Newton Earl patrolled the river, gathering information about Confederate troop activity, arresting Rebel smugglers and guerrillas, and opposing anti-Union insurrection. Gordon Olson gives this special unit full book-length treatment for the first time in The Notorious Isaac Earl and His Scouts.

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Book Available This September ...
The Art of Memory
Historic Cemeteries of Grand Rapids, Michigan
Thomas R. Dilley

Traces the history of the cemetery in nineteenth — and twentieth-century America, with a specific focus on the art, architecture, and history of the cemeteries of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

September 2014 • ISBN 978-0-8143-4019-6 • 256 pages • 236 illus
10 x 8 • $39.99 cloth • e-book available!
A Painted Turtle book

THOMAS R. DILLEY is a retired attorney and frequent lecturer on cemetery history in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also the author of several books of local history published by the Arcadia Press, and is a member of the Grand Rapids Historical Commission, Trustee of the Grand Rapids Historical Society, Chair of the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation, and Trustee of the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Wayne State University Press
The Leonard N. Simons Building
4809 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201-1309

Toll Free 800-978-7323
wsupress.wayne.edu

http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/art-memory?fb_action_ids=10202690039628756&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
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