Grand Rapids Local History

Branching Out: Our History

In 1978, Weston Public Library added a Branch Library in Grand Rapids. This building has expanded as the needs of the community increased. With the 1992 addition, the Grand Rapids Branch library quadrupled in size to 5,663 square feet.


Local History

Grand Rapids Branch Library, in collaboration with The Historical Society of Grand Rapids houses a local history collection that includes books, photographs, local cemetery information and Grand Rapids yearbooks from 1939 - 1967. More comprehensive information is available from the Grand Rapids Historical Society which is housed in the City Hall. For more about the history of Grand Rapids go to their website:


Local History Resources

Yearbooks of Grand Rapids High School, 1939-1968

Historical Record of Wood County Vol. 1 & 2 (1897)

History of  Defiance County

History of Henry & Fulton Co.

Heising Mill

Maumee River Basin

Local Church histories

Washington Township and Weston Township Cemetery Records

House Inventory of Grand Rapids

Scrapbooks containing local Grand Rapids articles and photographs starting 1987 to present