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.

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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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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Dr. Gregory Crowell: The Harpsichord+

Unlocking a Voice from the Past Dr. Gregory Crowell Like cooks or gardeners, musicians depend on having the correct tools...

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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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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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