Fishing Pole (3 Pcs.)
Fishing Pole (3 Pcs.)
Fishing Pole (3 Pcs.)

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Fishing Pole (3 Pcs.)

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Gift Of Idema, Chester F.

Harrison Park School Grand River Exhibit (2014)
The fifth Grade class at harrison park Elementary created this exhibit for there school after participating int he Immerse program at the museum.  

Investigate: Historical Grand River Artifacts (September 2018)
During the Investigate program, students will take the role of Museum curators and use close observation and critical thinking to discover the origin, meaning, and importance of real objects from the Museum’s Collection. Students will learn how to handle and study primary sources and will be pushed to consider how singular objects or groups of objects can tell meaningful stories about our place.

Student Objectives:
  • Learners will be able to analyze primary sources (artifacts and photographs) and make inferences about the story or significance of the sources.
  • Learners will be able to describe how the Grand River impacted the lives of people who lived in Grand Rapids between 1850 and 1910.

Curriculum Connections:

  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations; Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  • ELA Common Core Standards by Domain: Research to Build and Present Knowledge; Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
  • Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: H1 The World in Temporal Terms: Historical Habits of Mind, H3 The HIstory of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, G5 Environment and Society, P1 Reading and Communication, P2 Inquiry Research and Analysis

Shakespeare Honor Built And Honor Sold

Chester F. Idema
Chester F. Idema (1886-1978), eldest son of Henry and Johanna (Doornink) Idema, was a 1909 graduate of the University of Michigan, enlisted and served during WW I.  Chester was employed by Old Kent Bank as the Vice President in charge of the Old National office, retiring at age 65. Chester Idema and Marion Mead (1891-1957) were married in 1913 and lived at 29 Gay S.E. where they raised three sons; Chester F., Jr (1914-1999), James M. (1920-2007), and David G. (1922-1993). 1. Chester F. Idema , Jr. and Elizabeth J. Dalrymple (1917-1983) were married in 1937.  Chester worked for the Michigan Trust Co. 2. James M. Idema and Frances Pyle (1921-1976) were married in 1943.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, James served in the US Navy Naval Air Corp during WWII.  After the war, James worked for "The Grand Rapids Herald", "The Denver Post", "The Newark Evening News", "America Illustrated", and in Chicago as a freelance writer.  James was also Administrative Assistant to Colorado  Senator Floyd Haskell. 3. David G. Idema and Josephine Whims (1924-1977) were married in 1947.  David attended University of Michigan prior to enlisting in the US Army in 1942.  David worked in various executive positions for several companies such as the C.C. Wortman Co., Lichter Rubber Products, Time-Life Broadcast, and West Michigan Telecasters.  David was a member of the Board of The Grand Rapids Symphony Society and was one of the founders of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, serving as its first president.