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.

Video: Mayor George Heartwell My Museum+

Mayor George Heartwell visits the old Public Museum at 54 Jefferson and shares his memories of the exciting, entertaining and...

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Video: Max Shangle: Expand-O-Matic+

One of my many favorite objects in the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s amazing collection: Accession #: 1995.21.1 Name/Title: ‘Expand-O-Matic’ Buffet...

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Tom Newhouse: The Herman Miller Ottoman+

The Alexander Girard Round Ottoman has special design meaning for me. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan School of...

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Video: Dale Robertson Talks about ArtifactGR+

Dale Robertson, President & CEO of Grand Rapids Public Museum, shares his thoughts on the importance of the Artifact project...

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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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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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