Huss Stories 2: Extending a legacy from Boston to Three Rivers

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

This post is part of a multimedia series over the next several months of the Brick Campaign telling many of the stories that surround Huss School and the Huss Project. 

Our second story comes to us from our friend Ryan in Boston.  Ryan went to college with some of *cino’s volunteer staff members and has been inspired by their experiences, as well as visiting Three Rivers, to support the Huss Project from afar.  He writes:

The project at Huss, and *cino’s work more generally, provide a resource for people all over the country. Although both are centered in southwest Michigan, they allow someone like me—a graduate student in Boston—to remember and reconsider the places I come from: in particular, the parents who educated me and my grandfather, Gene, who ran an apple orchard and built houses throughout central Ohio. After serving in the military, Gene returned to a property across the street from his childhood home, where he and my grandmother had to essentially start from scratch to build a home for their family and a successful business that continues to this day. I want to send a little bit of that history and that energy to the corner of 8th and Broadway, in Three Rivers, because I hope that one of the stories of the 21st century will be how local communities preserve or rediscover their own legacies and actively connect them to other places around the world.

We are grateful for Ryan’s thoughtfulness and encouragement and look forward to seeing how the seed of his grandfather’s legacy that he’s planted at 8th and Broadway in Three Rivers will grow!

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Kirstin is a member of the *culture is not optional core community and is the Head Caretaker at GilChrist Retreat Center.