A Journey from Plaster to Community: The Story of the GUB
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7:00 pm
Main Library - 111 Library St NE
Explore the history of Grand Rapids' southwest neighboring community, starting in 1833. Often mentioned as an "urban-suburban neighborhood with a small-town attitude," the history of Galewood-Urbandate-Burlingame (GUB) is one that is historically rich in pride, loyalty, and changing culture. Beginning with the discovery and milling of plaster, the advent of the electric interurban, growth of the industrial sector, and the rise of two key commercial districts, presenter David Britten will discuss key pioneers, changes over time, and the growth of several area churches and schools. He will also touch on the friction between Grand Rapids and Wyoming Township throughout decades of successful and unsuccessful annexation efforts. It's an interesting story of how communities on the urban fringe get started, grow up, suffer setbacks, and attempt to rebuild themselves over time. This program is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society.