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Midwestern history, culture, music, literature and art are topics of discussion at a gathering at Grand Valley State University.

The second Midwestern History Conference takes place Wednesday at the school's Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

The conference features historians, literary scholars and cultural critics who are dedicated to helping tell the stories of the Midwest.

More than a dozen panels will highlight the expertise of nearly three dozen experts.

The event is free and open to the public.

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The Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley State University partnered to host an exhibit highlighting the urban experience of Native Americans in west Michigan.

As people shuffled into the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Circle auditorium, up on the stage, Native drum and song group Wandering Nation welcomes them in "the good way". While the song may have echoes from another time, it’s actually a contemporary piece written by a local man less than twenty years ago. Here’s band member Jarad Medukas:

Don't miss the presentation “Community Builders:  Early African American Women in Grand Rapids,” presented by the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council. We talk about this Thursday event for Black History Month with guests from the Council.