Photograph, Grand Rapids Greys
Photograph, Grand Rapids Greys
Photograph, Grand Rapids Greys

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American Civil War ➔ Photograph, Grand Rapids Greys

This oval photograph shows four young men dressed in Civil War era military uniforms. The men in this photograph were part of the Grand Rapids Greys, a pre-Civil War militia unit. The young men posing for this group portrait are unidentified, however three of the men are wearing sergeant's stripes. Baxter's History of the City of Grand Rapids Michigan lists the Greys' sergeants as: First Serg., D.H. Powers; Second, G. Stevenson; Third, Frank Lyon; Fourth, Silas Pierce. 
circa 1861
10"" h 8"" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Collection Tier:
Tier 2
Gift Of Mrs. Charlotte Rea
Thank God for Michigan: Stories from the Civil War (June 6 2011 – March 29 2015)
Thank God for Michigan was an exhibition developed by the GRPM to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.  The exhibit featured over 150 artifacts from the GRPM's collection and told the story of the Civil War through the lens of soldiers and civilians from Michigan.
Related Entities:
Rea, Mrs. William H. (donor) James A. Straub (identified by)
Alternate names: Jim Straub
James A. Straub was a Collections department volunteer and Collection Committee Member at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, offering his services as an art historian. Among his many life accomplishments were his family, and serving in the United States Marine Corps, including a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam. His list of achievements include 27 years as Detective Lieutenant from the Kent County Sheriff's Department, Original Catalogue Director of the Mathias Alten Catalogue Raisonne, and providing significant contributions to the book, Mathias Alten: Journey of an American Painter.

Jim was honored to have been appointed by Gov. Milliken to the Board of Forensic Polygraph Examiners and by the GR mayor to the GR Historical Commission. Additionally, Jim served as President of the Command Officers Bargaining Unit at the Kent County Sheriff's Department and Vice President of the GR Historical Society. Along with his dedicated service to GRPM Jim was also a member of the Board of Kent County Employees Credit Union, the Kent County Pension Board, the Art Advisory Committee for Butterworth Hospital, the Acquisitions Committee at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the GVSU Gordon Gallery Advisory Committee.

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