The Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society

The Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society

"The connection to yesterday"

  Upcoming Events

April 29, 2014
Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society Annual Meeting

Alma Powell Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library
1000 W. Paterson
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"Where Do We Go From Here"
The SMBHS Board will present the strategic plan for the next five years, featuring a presentation by the Western Michigan University Marketing Consulting Team

Join us for refreshments and discussion!

May 15, 2014
An SMBHS Race Initiative Book Club Event

Kalamazoo Public Library
3rd Floor Van Deusen Room
315 S. Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI

6:30 p.m.

A presentation and discussion of The Curse of Caste or the Slave Bride by Julia Collins, the first novel to be published by an African American woman. Dr. Mitch Kachun, Western Michigan University Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, will discuss how he rediscovered this long-forgotten novel and the historical and literary significance of Collins's writings.

Reception and book signing follow the presentation.
A collaboration with the Kalamazoo Public Library and Kazoo Books.

Free and open to the public.
May 31, 2014

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2780 Leonard St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Grand Rapids is presenting its first annual Family History Fair on Saturday, 31 May, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Western Michigan Genealogical Society is proud to partner in kicking off this brand NEW genealogy event. Attendance is free.

Much has changed in family history work over the past few years and this interactive event will help you make the transition from the family history center to your own home as you learn to index, search and record your family history and prepare names for the temple. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned genealogist, the fair offers something for you. Presenters include church members, community members, and the West Michigan Genealogical Society. Classes include using Family Search, indexing, Michigan-specific research tools and the genealogical resources at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Bring your own laptop to take advantage of interactive sessions and labs. To register, please visit http:/ We are requesting all to register so that we can provide materials and lunch. The Fair is being held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2780 Leonard St. NE in Grand Rapids. If you have any questions, please contact Brother Jeff Coltrin at