The Grandville Historical Commission of Kent County, Michigan is dedicated to preserving the history of Grandville. The Commission originated in 1970 when the group started researching the area's background. The history was written in 1972 and published in April of 1973 as a 348 page book, Bend in the River.
As the material was collected for publication in Bend in the River it was decided there was a need to display this material and so the Grandville Museum was opened in May 1976 to showcase local history for years to come. Its exhibits of local historical items are designed to show the development and growth of Grandville heritage. We also have a growing collection of pictures relating to Grandville. The Museum is open the first Thursday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. and will open special by appointment. It is located in the lower level of City Hall at 3195 Wilson Ave. on the corner of Wilson and Prairie Sts. There is no admission, but donations are welcome.
We operate our one room #10 school house that was built in 1887. The school was moved to Heritage Park where we use it as a school museum and have elementary students come and spend a regular school day there.
One of our project's has been to microfilm all the Grandville newspapers. These include the Grandville Star, Southwest Alliance Newspapers dating back to 1912 and most recently the Advance Newspaper. After filming they are turned over to the Grandville Library for use on microfilm.
We also have files pertaining to people past and present who lived in Grandville. These are taken from clippings and scrapbooks that people donated to us. We also clip out current Grand Rapids Press obituaries of Grandville people. We have a printout of our Grandville Cemetery which was formerly the Wyoming Township Cemetery.
Grandville Historical Commission, 3195 Wilson, Grandville, MI 49418 Open to the public: First Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.ce it is now almost a decade out of date.
So, here we are. I have a little more information to post as well as an earlier version of the family history that I will post. I will continue to tweak this site to make it more usable. Currently it supports stories, comments, events and has a calendar. Content can be flagged public or private. Private information (like the last nine chapters of the family history) is only viewable to people with an account.
I would like to get more information from our relatives. I need help editing the information on this site. Please contact me or post a comment if you see something that needs changing. If you would like an administrative account to be able to directly edit and add contact, please contact me and I'll set it up.
This is really exciting though. With just a little casual browsing on the web I have already seen evidence of Lowings in England and Australia. Once we start putting the puzzle pieces together I know we will discover even more interesting information about our ancestors and relatives.