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Photographs Document Local History

This article was originally published in the Grand Haven Tribune in January 2014, by Kevin Geary, Curator of Education and Meredith Meyer, Registrar

Winterfest is a celebration of our community and a fun way to enjoy, or perhaps survive, our natural surroundings and the winter season. Residents of the area have come together since 1979 to sled, ski, and feel a sense of kinship with neighbors. The museum's photograph collection is full of memories of this season, from smiling children as they sled down Second St. to a dog sled race down Harbor Avenue. One way that the museum is able to bridge the gap between past and present, as well as involve the community, is participating in Winterfest and hosting the annual photography contest.

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Comic Strip History in Our Backyard 

This article was originally published in the Grand Haven Tribune in August 2014, written by Meredith Meyer, Collections Manager

Today the funny papers are as much a part of newspapers as the obituaries and the sports page. However, it is not generally known that one of the pioneers in producing the American comic strip was Zenos Winsor McCay, born September 26, 1869 in Spring Lake. He was name for Zenos G. Winsor, who assisted Rix Robinson in management of the Robinson Trading Post. In later life, McCay dropped "Zenos" as his first name and used Winsor McCay as his full name, but signed some of his work "Silas".

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Donating to Tri-Cities History

This article was originally published in the Grand Haven Tribune in 2014 written by Meredith Meyer, Collections Manager

The museum has been collecting donations since its inception, and over the years has amassed a collection that tells the story of the Tri-Cities Area. Currently, the collecting process itself is a passive one that relies on the generosity of the community and their discernment of what is important to keep, pass on, or throw away. Even more importantly, we rely on the ability of these donors to properly protect these items until they are in our care.

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Postcards - The Original Social Media

This article was originally published in the Grand Haven Tribune in November 2014 written by Mereidth Meyer, Collections Manager

Before the advent of email, cell phone pictures, and text messaging, the best way to share the experience of a vacation or trip with others was to send them a postcard. It is a picture perfect view that captures the atmosphere of a place with a quickly scrawled note to remind loved ones they are not forgotten. It's no wonder that despite technology we still exchange postcards.

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Historical Preservation Starts in the Home

This article was originally printed in the Grand Haven Tribune April, 2013 written by Meredith Meyer, Collections Manager

The museum has been collecting donations since its inception, and over the years has amassed a collection that tells the story of the Tri-Cities Area. Currently, the collecting process itself is a passive one that relies on the generosity of the community and their discernment of what is important to keep, pass on, or throw away. Even more importantly, we rely on the ability of these donors to properly protect these items until they are in our care.

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