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A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks

When he was drafted for duty in the United States Army during World War I, Godfrey Anderson had no idea he was about to become part of a military adventure that would find him doing battle with Bolshevik revolutionaries in the frozen reaches of northern Russia. Arriving in England after a brief “boot camp” training period at Michigan’, Anderson became one of a 5,000-man American contingent assigned to join British troops in an expedition to prevent Allied war materials in Archangel, Russia from falling into the hands of the Bolsheviks.

Gordon Olson served as Grand Rapids' City Historian from 1978 until he retired in 2002. He has authored numerous books and articles about Grand Rapids' history, produced live and videotaped programs, and collected historical manuscripts, photographs and related material for the Grand Rapids Public Library’s regional history archives. 

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Earlier Event: October 26
Watervliet Cemetery Tour
Later Event: December 1
Holiday Open House 2017