Pam Ralston-Hunt: Santa Express+

I love the Public Museum and have visited many times, but I never expected to find an artifact with a...

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Lee Davis: Oology+

Oology. A beautiful word, all full of circles and soft shapes as the letters come together. The oological collection is...

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Thomas Consiglio: The Police Motorcycle+

“The Police Motorcycle” For over one-hundred-years Americans have obsessed over motorcycles. There is one name always associated with the powerful,...

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What is ArtifactGR?+

What if you could easily access artifacts of the past, learn from them, and allow them to influence the future?...

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Video: Phil Wilson: Memories of the museum+

Local artist Phil Wilson sat down to share one of his favorite Museum Memories of the old  Grand Public Museum...

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Phil Wilson: Brown Jug+

Brown Jug The crisp, technical description of the museum registration indicates a ceramic jug, 20 cm. in height, 17cm. in...

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Mary Ellen Fritz: Dresses+

Admittedly, I give very little thought to my own wardrobe.  I really don’t have to. Dressing like most modern women...

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Geoffrey L. Gillis+

The Old Museum The shrunken head is no longer on display. He is buried under sensitivities and recognitions. Locked away...

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Evan Zeiger: Hot off the presses+

HOT OFF THE PRESSES BY EVAN ZEIGER Click clack, clack click, The story we’re writin’ has to be slick. Lest...

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Kim Buchholz: China+

There it was – same pattern, same color, same china! On a recent tour of the Community Archives & Research...

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Dale A. Robertson: Robert E. Lee Sword Sash+

My favorite artifact at the Grand Rapids Public Museum is a sword sash.  The sash is currently on display in...

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Beth Dornan: Prospero and Philippa’s Last Dance+

“They’re coming!” Philippa cries. “Positions!” I glide behind Philippa, supporting her midsection.  She arranges her legs; her tail and flippers...

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Video: Stephen Hendee on working in museums+

The Ice Next Time: Textiles and Artifacts of Dark Age North America (2026-2280ce)

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