Area author to present to VBRGS

    LAWRENCE - Cynthia Jeffrey, author of the book Kalamazoo’s Extraordinary Inventor Jay B. Rhodes 1865-1931 will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society on Monday, August 19, beginning at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Van Buren Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw Street in Lawrence, MI.
    Jay B. Rhodes, a former resident of Kalamazoo, is credited for over 230 patents, his earliest when he was just 13 years old; yet, little is known of the man who has come to be known as “Kalamazoo’s Edison” and “Patent King.” Jeffrey’s extensive research has uncovered many stories, newspaper articles and photos which will be included in her presentation and many authentic Rhodes artifacts that will be on display.  There will be copies of the book available for purchase.  
    This meeting is free and open to the public.
    The VBRGS welcomes anyone with an interest in genealogy and local history.  For more information about this and other programs, send an e-mail to, visit the website:, or check out the Facebook page, VBRGS Southwest Michigan Genealogy.

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