My Museum Stories

We have asked people to tour the archives and share their memories/impressions/observations of 54 Jefferson and write about those experiences. Those stories are collected here. We will be adding more written stories and video entries in the coming months.

Want to share your story? Email us artifactgr@gmail.com or visit SiTE:LAB at 54 Jefferson during Artprize 2012.

Kara McNabb: Floral Dress+

:::1893::: Her dress billowed around her bare feet. She breezed past the butcher shop and the pharmacy with a book...

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Chris Knape: It pointed up+

The symbol at the bottom of the “Evacuation Route” sign contains the letters CD, for Civil Defense. I remember first...

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Roberta King: Trouble on the River+

The crew of six men, shanty boys, as they were known had been working since dawn. The weather was spring...

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Dana Friis-Hansen: My Grand Rapids Bicycle Diary+

Ok, in comparison with others, I’m hardly a serious bicyclist; I often ride my commuter bike to work, to work...

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Steve Frazee: Red Shoes+

“You will make our family proud,” father said. “You must, if you are to earn a wealthy husband,” mother said....

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Tim Priest: Silver Dust Blue detergent box+

Heavy duty Silver Dust Blue detergent, you know, for washing clothes.  Isn’t it evident on our packaging?  We clearly show...

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Charles Honey: Museum Guitars+

There she stands, sleek and sexy, like a John Glenn-era rocket ready to launch: the Gibson Flying V. I am...

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Dalin Clark: Fossils+

Rock On I’ve loved rocks for as long as I can remember. They’re beautiful, fascinating and completely useful. For ages,...

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Jeff Hill: Fox Typewriter+

qwerty Clack…clack…clack…clack…clack…clack…clack…clack came the sound from Mr. Shipman’s class on the first day of school. Or maybe it was Mr....

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Video: Paul Propst: Herman Miller CoStruc cart+

CoStruc cart and drawers comments by Paul Propst, son of Robert Propst The rolling cart with the bright colored drawers...

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Jennifer Metz: Floor Tiles from the old City Hall+

These tiles from the demolished Old Grand Rapids City Hall make me so annoyed.  I like how they look and...

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Dr. David Rosen: Dentist Chair+

Dentist Chair Skeletal and sleekly sinister, the chair’s spine grins like a skull and each arm seems a scythe carried on...

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Miranda Curtiss: Voigt Cream Flakes Box+

Artifact: Voigt Cream Flakes Box It seems a bit silly to be writing a whole entry on an old box. ...

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Tess Dornan: The Queen’s Watch+

In the abandoned streets of London, young Eliot ran in the shadows. It was the year 1912.  Thieves were about...

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Lee Davis: Button Dress+

My mom used to sew. As most women who grew up during World War II and through the 50’s, sewing...

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Anna Zaharakos: The Iron Lung and Margaret Pfrommer+

The Iron Lung and Margaret Pfrommer By Anna Zaharakos, Owner, Studio Z, Grand Rapids, MI When my daughter Eva and...

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Anna Dornan: Pirate Ship+

In the hands of a child, everything is magical. All things are meant to be explored and played with. Everything...

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Mark Holzbach: Wonder Horse+

The Grand Rapids Public Museum archive includes a Wonderhorse exactly like the one my parents gave me in the early 1960’s while...

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Sara Herscher: Hamilton Beach Milk Shake Maker+

Walking through row after row of machines, kid’s toys, furniture, and tools, I was inspired by so many beautiful artifacts....

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Toni Bal: Wheelchair+

This photo is of a wooden wheelchair from the early part of the 20th century. What do you see? Oak...

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