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Local History
3:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

19th Century Female Seminary Once Educated Michigan's Girls

Michigan Female Seminary postcard from the archives of Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Credit courtesy of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

The Michigan Female Seminary has been closed for more than a century, but at one time, it was one of the few places to send your daughter to continue her education in the 1800's. 

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Local History
1:29 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Federal Center Housed Famous Americans as Army Hospital, Sanitarium

The Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center in Battle Creek
Credit Nancy Camden

The Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center building in Battle Creek is mainly serves as offices for the Defense Logistics Agency which provides supplies and services to U.S. military forces. 

The building has a colorful history and is on the National and State Register of Historic Places.

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Architecture
9:20 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Take your own tour of Kalamazoo architecture!

Charles Stroh says the side aisles in medieval churches were often used for commerce.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Retired Western Michigan University professor of art Charles Stroh spent five years putting together six walking tours of Kalamazoo’s architecture. He gathered information for the tours from his year-long column with the Kalamazoo Gazette called Hidden Kalamazoo and extra credit assignments from his old classes. You can pick up Charles Stroh’s CD on Kalamazoo architecture at Petals and Postings, Bella Patina, Retro, and through Stroh himself.

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Local History
9:54 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

See what's hiding in storage at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Collections Curator Alex Forist at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
Credit Nancy Camden

At the Grand Rapids Public Museum, only ten percent of the nearly quarter of a million objects are on exhibit at any one time. The rest of the collection is carefully archived in a couple-hundred-thousand square feet of space.

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Local History
9:25 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Small town newspaper is historic, but still relevant

Editor of the Paw Paw Courier Leader Robin Griffin
Credit Nancy Camden

In small communities, people depend on the weekly newspaper for local news. The Paw Paw Courier-Leader carries on a long tradition that dates back to 1843. These days, obituaries are posted on their website as soon as they get them, but otherwise the pace is slow.

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