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Resurrecting history: Angela Yondo unearths grave markers at cemetery housing Grand Rapids pioneers

For nearly 20 years, Angela Yondo has unearthed neglected headstones in St. Andrew's Cemetery, rediscovering history and reconnecting the community to its roots.

Town Hall Auk Med

Tommie Wallace: A Heartside artist rooted in history

This month we sat down with local Heartside artist Tommie Wallace, aka Town Hall Auk Med to learn more about his life, distinct artistic style, and the roots of his imagery/meaning.

Books

Michigan authors you should be reading on vacation

These Michigan authors have published their new books just in time for summer. From history to poetry to motivation, it's time to stock up on local writing.

1920s Fulton and Sheldon Intersection. Looking west on Fulton Street at Sheldon and Monroe Center.

Grand Rapids' streets of old still tell stories

From “bricks” made of cedar wood and soaked in creosote to sturdy but expensive cobblestones, GR's oldest streets are rich with history.

Construction

Building Grand Rapids: Part 2, growing and greening

Like many American cities that struggled to save their downtowns in the ‘60s, Grand Rapids’ fling with Urban Renewal did little to restore its place as a thriving destination. But with thoughtful and intentional investment, GR's buildings began and continue to rise to the occasion.
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