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.

Lisa Locke: Peace of Wild Things+

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear...

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Rapid Growth Media Feature on ArtifactGR+

A special thank you to Tommy Allen for coming through  and writing up this great feature in Rapid Growth his...

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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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ArtifactGR on Fox17+

Thanks to Emily Richett for coming down and talking with us about the project. She will be back through after...

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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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