Discover: West Michigan's Newcomers


Program
Description
Grand Rapids encountered a dramatic change in terms of landscape, population, and diversity beginning in the early to mid 1800’s. West Michigan’s Newcomers focuses on the people who made West Michigan their home, highlighting their stories and contributions that shaped our community. Learners will explore GRPM’s Newcomers: The People of this Place exhibit, engaging in artifact discovery and exhibit interpretation. Programming will share the story of where immigrants traveled from and why they moved; from there, students will uncover the major contributions and traditions that newcomers brought with them which allowed Grand Rapids to develop into the city it is today.
 

Objectives:

  • Students will be able to explain why families left their homes to move to West Michigan, as well as the obstacles they faced when they arrived.
  • Students will be able to provide examples of cultural elements newcomers contributed to Grand Rapids, making connections with cultural elements that are still present today.
  • Students will be able to provide examples of how West Michigan’s newcomers impacted industry and manufacturing in Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: H1 The World in Temporal Terms: Historical Habits of Mind, H2 Living and Working Together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago, H3 The History of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, H5 The History of Peoples from Many Cultures from Around the World, G1 The World in Spatial Terms: Geographical Habits of Mind, G2 Places and Regions, G4 Human Systems, G5 Environment and Society, P1 Reading and Communication, P2 Inquiry Research and Analysis,
  • ELA Common Core Standards for Reading: Informational Text

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