2008 USIH Conference

Useful Information And Links

Theme Gender and Society

[Updated: 1:30 p.m., CST, 9/8/2008]

A link to the conference program is on the right, just below our list of USIH contributors. What follows is a list of useful links to be updated, on an ongoing basis, from now until the days just before we head to Grand Rapids.

The Facility

GVSU’s Eberhard Center


Days Inn (right next to the Eberhard Center—mention that you’re attending the Great Lakes History Conference and you’ll get a minor discount)
Marriott Courtyard (across the river from the Center)
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (also right across the river)
Radisson Hotel (a short drive from the Center)
Brayton House Bed & Breakfast (1.4 miles from Center)


Amtrak and Greyhound make stops in Grand Rapids.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
– Calder City Taxi, 616-454-8080.
– Metro Cars (car service), at [email protected] or 616-827-6700 or 616-827-6500.

Restaurants, Bars, BrewPubs, and Night Clubs

– B.O.B. (Big Old Building, varieties of cuisine)
– The Black Rose (Irish pub)
– Bistro Bella Vita (Mediterranean, martinis)
– Charley’s Crab (seafood)
– Cottage Bar (next door to One Trick Pony)
– Founders Brewing Company (only deli/sandwich food)
– Hopcat (48 taps, 150 bottles, Michigan brew specialties, single malt scotches, many wines)
– The Intersection (a night club)
– Leo’s (high quality variety)
– Louis Benton Steak House
Maggie’s Kitchen (Mexican, “authentic TexMex,” so says Paul Murphy’s wife)
– One Trick Pony (variety of entrees)
Restaurant Bloom (upscale)
– Rockwell’s Kitchen and Tap (classic American food, pub)
– San Chez (tapas bistro)
– Republic (California-influenced cuisine, artwork)
XO (Asian fusion)
Z’s Grille and Bar (American food, great ribs)


City of Grand Rapids: Trails and Nature Areas

General Information

Grand Rapids Convention and Visitor’s Bureau


USIH Team’s Google Map [courtesy of Jodi (my wife)- TL]