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Information on Grand Rapids

West Michigan in the summertime is very pleasant and offers a number of attractions for visitors.  Grand Rapids (pop. 250, 000) is West Michigan’s largest urban center, with its own airport (Gerald R. Ford International Airport).  There are a number of museums in the city, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Ford Museum, and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.  There is also an extensive complex of gardens and a sculpture park just north of the campus. The city hosts numerous festivals during the summer months, and visitors wishing to go further afield can also enjoy festivals at nearby towns, including along the picturesque Lake Michigan shoreline.  Sandy beaches, perfect for summer fun, are less than an hour away.  Grocery stores, restaurants and a range of good bookstores are all within ten minutes’ drive from campus. Previous participants in our NEH summer seminar in 2004 and summer institute in 2007 particularly enjoyed going out to dinner together in groups and visiting the Grand Rapids farmers’ market on the weekend.