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where past is present

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where past is present

 

Where History Comes Alive

talk about the variety of facts learned

 
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Every tour offers new insights into Grand Rapids’ past

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Every tour offers new insights into Grand Rapids’ past

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The first weekend of ArtPrize a few friends and I took your tour of The Morton House hotel and I found it fascinating. I loved hearing the history, especially when you started talking about the ghost stories.
— Lori G.
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Your Guide


Certified Tourism Ambassador

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Your Guide


Certified Tourism Ambassador

Jim Winslow, CTA

Tour GR Founder & Guide

Jim has worn many hats, creative director, graphic designer, photographer, and Grand Rapids’ historian. He is a sixth-generation Grand Rapidian who’s Powers family began arriving in 1847, following “uncle” John Ball from Troy, New York. He has researched the Powers and Ball families, their businesses and involvement in early Grand Rapids for more than 30 years. He is researching an extensive project on Powers' Theatre, it being at the heart of Grand Rapids entertainment for over a hundred years 1873–1979. Jim’s latest project is researching, documenting and mapping the history of the water power canal system and its historic contribution at the dawn of hydroelectric power. He is on the board of trustees for Grand Rapids Historical Society.

Jim has lead historical guided-tours for many of GR’s civic Institutions, such as: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, UICA ArtWorks Program, Grand Rapids Art Museum GOSite, Public Museum School Lyceum ProgramSiTE:LAB @ The MortonCivic Studio and The Rapidian.