The East Grand Rapids History Room, located in the upper level of the EGR Library, obtains, preserves and displays artifacts related to the grand history of East Grand Rapids. The History Room has a growing collection of historical artifacts, photographs, digital images, memorabilia, ephemera and audiovisual items unique to this area. These items are not circulated, as many are irreplaceable, primary sources of information; however, most items are available for perusal during the open hours of the library. Other items are available by appointment with the curator.
Occasionally, the East Grand Rapids History Room hosts special events for citizens to learn more about the history of our area. These events can be found in the Events link on the left or by following our Facebook page.
The History Room collection of materials is owned by the City of East Grand Rapids and maintained by volunteer curator Mary Dersch. In addition to a small acquisition and maintenance budget from the City, the History Room is supported by private donations and occasional contributions from interested sources such as the East Grand Rapids Friends of the Library, the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation and private citizens.
We invite you to peruse the links at the left for more detailed information regarding Gaslight Village, Ramona Park, steamboats on Reeds Lake and popular events hosted by the East Grand Rapids History Room.