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Two major people's movements in American history, with 100 years between them, are examined in a new exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The "Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963" traveling Smithsonian exhibition touches on such topics as slavery and the civil rights movement. It'll be on display until Oct. 13.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

In the Southwest Michigan city of Dowagiac, people are used to hearing creative interpretations of the town's name.

“The biggest one that we hear, and I hear it all the time, is Duh-WAH-jee-ack,” Dowagiac Area History Museum Director Steve Arseneau said in the town that is actually pronounced Duh-WAH-jack.

WMU Kicks Off Esports Camps For Youth

Jul 8, 2019
Taylor Pace / WMUK

There’s playing video games in a basement with a friend, and then there’s playing competitively online while streaming the video for thousands of people. That’s what it means to play Esports. Western Michigan University is holding its first Esports camps for middle and high schoolers this summer.

Nick Haddad catching St. Francis' Satyr photo by Melissa McGaw
Melissa McGaw

Professor Nick Haddad says some butterflies and insects are declining at an alarming rate. Haddad, who is also senior terrestrial ecologist at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners says “habitat is part of that, climate change is probably part of that, but we don’t know the one smoking gun to stop that decline.” Haddad is the author of a new book on rare butterflies.

Michigan Congressman Justin Amash - file photo by Gordon Evans, WMUK
Gordon Evans / WMUK

West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash has declared his independence on Independence Day, and announced that he is leaving the Republican Party. Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the caucus Amash left earlier this year. It's the Freedom Caucus that he helped start in the House.