In January 2014, the Library marks the 100th anniversary of its founding. We will be celebrating with special centennial programs all year long. Please join us.
Upcoming Library Centennial Programs
It Was Your Grandmother's Kitchen, Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 pm in Program Room A
This program is a look at the foundation of the home (the kitchen) in 1914. Nancy Buchanan will present hands-on items, like kitchen gadgets and cleaning tools, along with a PowerPoint slideshow featuring such household items as wringer washers and wood/gas cook stoves. In addition, Nancy will cover new-fangled items of the time, affordable only to the wealthy. She’ll share those as well as items used by average Grand Haven households. Buchanan will conclude with a discussion on common foods mom would have made in 1914.
Teen Idle Hour, Thursday, March 20 at 4:00 pm in Program Room A
Come and spend an hour with friends playing video games -- a fun way to unwind after a long day at school.
Primitive Dolls, Saturday, March 22 at 10:00 am in Program Room A
Experience homespun dolls of the late 19th century and beyond. Learn about the history of doll making in early America. In the past, most dolls were made at home with items found around the house. Everything was repurposed. Have a day of fun learning as Mary Sundstrom demonstrates how to carve apple head dolls, sew simple rag dolls, and tie corn husk dolls. A $10.00 material fee upon is due upon registration, payable in the Public Computing Center. Bring a lunch, or plan on a 45-minute lunch break. Registration required.
Domestic Engineering, Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 pm in Program Room A
Presenter Nancy Buchanan presents a look at the average household in Grand Haven in 1914. No high-tech in this turn-of-the-century household; it was elbow grease and a lot of hard work! Buchanan's program features a PowerPoint slide show along with hands-on items to bring everyone back in time.
Teen Idle Hour, Tuesday, April 15 at 4:00 pm in Program Room A
Join us for this not-so-Idle Hour for pizza and brainstorming. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is open to Teens in the 7th–12th grades interested in volunteering. TAB gives a voice to Teens in the Library.
One Hundred Years of Fashion, Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 pm in Program Room A
Dani LaFleur from the Lakeshore Historical Museum will guide participants on a fashion journey through the past one hundred years. Learn more about clothing trends of yesteryear and how politics and economics influence what we wear.
The Art of Hat Making: a millinery workshop, Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 am in Program Room A
This is a hands-on Millinery Workshop in which participants will learn the art of hat making. Registration fee will cover the cost of supplies to complete one hat. Basic hand sewing skills strongly suggested. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch. Workshop is limited to ten.
2 – Crosby stevedores go on strike.
4 – Death of Mrs. Henry Wesch. City primary election. Nat Robbins and W. I. Lillie nominated mayor. Presbyterian church extends call to the Rev. James T. Veneklasen of Stillwater, N. Y.
5 – Declamation contest at high school won by Miss Esther Nyland. Will Modrack is second. Death in Fort McCoy, Floriday, of Edward C. Bon.
7 – Mr. and Mrs. John Mieras of this city are presented with three grandchildren during the week.
9 – Death of Andrew J. Ward. Co. F. Military Club decides to build stage. George F. Christman elected president of Spring Lake for fourth consecutive time.
14 – Death of Alfred Boyink. Farmers’ rally at Spring Lake draws great crowd.
15 – Life saving station opens for season. Death of Alvin T. Holmes in Grand Rapids.
16 – Death of Mene Cleveringa. U. S. dredge Meade opens season.
17 – Death of Martin Walsh, pioneer resident of Spring Lake. Death of MRs. Harm Bolthouse of Ferrysburg.
18 – Death of Mrs. Rieke Fohl. Death in Kalamazoo of John DeWitt.
19 – Sensational report of the robbing of the Hollestelle store and of the robbery and binding of Claude Broekema, clerk there.
21 – Marriage in Grand Rapids of Henry Bottje and Ida Dykeman.
23 – Commencement of the sensational Carlin-Flannigan detective case in circuit court. Dion Walsh, former Spring Lake boy, meets death in Gold Bar, Washington.
24 – Death in Milwaukee of Mrs. Charles Lyman.
26 – Death of Edwin T. Pennoyer. First electric storm of the spring. Steamer Manchester badly damaged by fire in Milwaukee.
27 – Sensation created at the Carlin-Clannigan case when Judge Cross orders the arrst of Witness James Batton and charges him with contempt of court. Death of Mrs. Ida Tobleskiof Robinson. Great ice field off this harbor; remarkable for this late in the season.
28 – Mrs. Alex McKenzie celebrate 85th birthday. Verdict of not guilty in the Carlin-Flannigan cases. Death of B. Godby of Spring Lake.
29 – Death of James A. Cross of Spring Lake. Death of Mrs. Wilhelmina VanDongen.
31 –Announcement made that Story & Clark will operate but four days a week. Marriage of T. Fred Baker and Jeanette Kooiman. Death in Rochester, Minn., of William T. Bailey, old time Grand Haven lumberman. Death in Lake City of Lester Tripp, formerly of Spring Lake.
--Research by Elizabeth Potter, Loutit District Library Local History Department