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Reflections on 2015 and a look ahead to 2016

• Dec 29, 2015
Often the years’ end is not just a time of celebration, but also one of reflection of the past year and a chance to look ahead.

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Make Room For History

Community Archive & Research Center Donations

The Tri-Cities rich history tells our story of how we became this wonderful place. Having space to preserve artifacts of our continuously growing history will enable future generations to learn about the Tri-Cities. This new building will allow that to happen.” —Tom & Gail Ringelberg, museum members

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Dancing on the Grand

This article was originally published in the Grand Haven Tribune in June 2015, written by Meredith Meyer, Collections Manager

The summer season is upon us and many rejoice in returning to the outdoor activities that were missed during the winter months.

Our streets and beaches are starting to flood with local residents and visiting vacationers alike, but sunbathing and swimming aren’t the only ways to enjoy the waterfront and gorgeous weather this season. Dancing has been a treasured and long tradition in the Tri-Cities and it will continue to be for new generations introduced to Big Band through Dancing on the Grand, Wednesday night dances on the waterfront.

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Historic Preservation Through Annual Tour

This article was originally published in the Grand Haven Tribune in April 2014, written by Steven Radtke, Executive Director

One visible way the Tri-Cities Historical Museum showcases historic preservation is through its annual Historic Home Tour.  In the past two years, the museum has shifted the focus of its tour away from Christmas decorations to one that emphasizes architectural details and significance.

This year's Historic Home Tour will feature eight homes in Spring Lake on Savidge Street and Maple Terrace, between Parkhurst and Buchanan.  The houses on the tour were built between the 1860s -1920s and cover a range of architectural styles from Second Empire to Craftsman Bungalows.  Homes open for the tour will offer docents who will provide historical and anecdotal information for visitors.  In addition, a tour booklet will provide added information regarding architectural styles for the homes located on the path of the tour, but which will not be open to the public.

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A Treasured Icon Reveals its Secrets

This article originally appeared in the Grand Haven Tribune in June 2014, written by Steven Radtke, Executive Director

Tradition plays an important role in the Tri-Cities, and history and tradition often go hand in hand. Here at the museum, we are always looking for ways to link the two together for our visitors. One of these summer traditions has earned a place in the history of the area and has become an icon of the city of Grand Haven. That icon is the Musical Fountain on Dewy Hill. The Musical Fountain has enchanted area visitors and residents alike for over 50 years.

Billed as the "world's Largest Musical Fountain", the complex mechanical basis behind the fountain remains a mystery to most people who see its performances.

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