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Historical Sites of Grand Rapids


Civil War
Civic Theatre
Pearl St. Bridge
Sixth St. Bridge
Voigt House
Meyer May House
Indian Mounds
Heritage Hills
Pantlind Hotel
McKay Tower
Fulton St. Cemetery


Civil War Monument -    In downtown Grand Rapids there is a monument that was built in 1885 to honor those who fought in the Civil War. This monument is located near the Children’s Museum in a small park. The soldier standing at parade rest on top of the monument is 116 years old. It cost $4150 to build the 30 foot monument which was the first in the country to recognize the efforts of women during the Civil War.

    The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War want to restore the monument which is cracked and corroded and fix the fountains that don’t work anymore. This group has started a project called "Together…We CAN do it!" School children are being asked to bring to school a can of food with a dollar bill taped to it. The food will be donated to Second Harvest or God’s Kitchen and the money will go to the restoration of the monument and its fountains. It is expected to cost $210,000 to restore this historical monument that gives credit to the more than 4,200 men from Kent County who fought to preserve the Union.


Activity Guides and Sheets
    Study Guide Cover Page
    Study Guide Table of Contents
    Study Guide (21 pages)

Together We Can Do It Activity
    Instruction Sheet
    Civil War News - attention teachers
    Monument History
    Certificate of Appreciation