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Guide to Genealogical Writing: How to Write and Publish Your Family History by Penny StrattonGerman Immigrants in American Church Records by Roger MinertEngaging the wisdom by John ChamberlinKalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s by Martin Winch

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Second Chance for Programs

If you read our Link newsletter or peruse the website from time to time, you probably know that KPL has hosted many wonderful local history programs in recent years. We’ve covered topics related to architecture, neighborhoods, women’s history, shipwrecks, and even the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. All the local history programs have a Kalamazoo or Michigan focus. What you may not know is that most of these programs are recorded and the videos are made available on our website. Of course, nothing beats being at a program and having the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the presenter, but if you miss one, it’s not too late to enjoy it. ...


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Meet the Local History Staff

Beth TimmermanDavid DeVriesAlex MerrillJerry SmithRuth Wilson