Comments and Tags

Be the first to comment on this item!



Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Photographs ➔ Photograph, Red Cross Station On Kiddie's Day At Ramona Park

Identifier:
2013.1.97
Description:
This is a black and white photograph of the Red Cross First Aid Station at Ramona Park located on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. The photo was taken on Kiddie's Day on August 18th, 1927. There is at least one nurse in the First Aid tent, while two other women stand just outside the tent. Children wait in chairs lined up by the entrance to the tent. People can be seen in the background sitting on the lawn.

Ramona Park was an amusement park located on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, MI from 1897-1955. Thousands of families visited each year until the 1950s, when cars became more available, and people began vacationing elsewhere. It was owned and operated by the Grand Rapids Street Railway Company and featured attractions such as the Jack Rabbit Derby Racer roller coaster, merry-go-round, fun house, mystic chutes, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, aeroswings and a miniature locomotive. The park also included the Ramona Theatre Pavilion and the Ramona Gardens Dancing Pavilion, each which hosted popular plays, musicals, big bands, Vaudevillian and burlesque acts, silent films, talkies, and favorite local and national entertainers. East Grand Rapids, Michigan was settled on the shores of Reeds Lake in 1834 by the pioneer Ezra Reed. By the 1870s, Reeds Lake had become a popular leisure destination for many people in the Grand Rapids area, and became the location of Ramona Park in the 1890s.
Date:
circa 1928
Materials:
Paper
Dimensions:
3.5" h 4.5" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Mr. John Pifer
Exhibit/Program
NURSING: A Dynamic Profession (April 30 – May 29 2016)
As a tribute to nurses throughout West Michigan and around the globe, this exhibit celebrates this dynamic profession through artifacts from the GRPM’s Collections and our community partners. From nursing on the battlefield to the ICU, these past and present-day objects connect us to the profound impact nurses have had and continue to have on our lives.

With the health reform of the late 19th century, transforming hospitals from charitable hospices to therapeutic institutions, came a dependance on trained nurses. Nursing quickly became the largest workforce in the healthcare system and continue to be so today.
Nursing is a lifelong pursuit that requires great commitment to patient care and professionalism. Medical science is constantly evolving, thus the nursing profession is constantly changing and nurses must continue to train in new skills and technologies throughout their careers.The GRPM thanks nurses for all they do!

Makers/Donors
Pifer, John

Ramona Park
Ramona Park was an amusement park located on the western shore of Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1903-1954. Thousands of families visited each year until the 1950s, when gasoline for cars became more available, and people began vacationing elsewhere. The park was owned and operated originally by the Grand Rapids Street Railway Company, and also after it became the Grand Rapids Motor Coach Company. It featured attractions such as the Jack Rabbit Derby Racer roller coaster, merry-go-round, fun house, mystic chutes, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, rocket swings and a miniature train. The park also included the Ramona Theatre which hosted vaudeville shows, musicals, silent film shorts, and favorite local and national entertainers. Ramona Gardens was initially a dance hall which, in the late 1930s, hosted the best of the big bands, and in 1942, became a roller skating rink. 
Related Objects