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Federal grant to help gather historical info on migrants

Migrant workers harvesting crops photo

The Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University has received an $11,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to collect oral histories of Michigan migrant workers.

The office will work with the Oceana County Hispanic Center and the Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society, in addition to Grand Valley's History and Latin American Studies departments.

Grand Valley will match the grant, providing the project a total of $23,000.

Michigan has the nation's fifth-largest migrant population.

But director Melanie Shell-Weiss of the history office says young children of migrant families in the area might not be aware of their families' history.

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