Greater Grand Rapids Womens History Council
  P.O Box 68874, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-8874                     Phone: 616-574-7307



November 9, 2015

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Falinda Geerling 
Sharon Hanks
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Julie Tabberer
Ruth VanStee 
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 History at the Movies, Veterans' Day, and Prohibition

Tomorrow honor the Grand Rapids Chicks; on Wednesday, our women veterans; on November 17, the intrepid women of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU); and on November 20, the pioneering British suffragettes.  For more information about these events that bring women's history to life, read on.

Tomorrow 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, see the new GVSU documentary on the 1940s-1950s professional women's baseball league with emphasis on the Grand Rapids Chicks: A Team of Their Own. It will be shown at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and is free with the price of admission to the museum. For more information about the documentary, click here. Excerpts from more than 40 interviews describe the women's careers and reflect on the overall impact of the league on women who later played in sports.

On Veterans' Day, we honor Joy Mergener Lillie as representative of West Michigan women veterans. In the near future we will feature the military service history of more area women. Read here about one nurse who went to war in 1943 and served in North Africa.

Suffragette Premiere in Grand Rapids!

On Friday, November 20, come to the movies with GGRWHC at Celebration North on opening night! After viewing Suffragette in our own theater, GVSU women's historian Gretchen Galbraith will discuss when the film was rooted in fact, when it slides into fiction, and how the British and American women's movements were related. In a cameo performance, Meryl Streep appears as British suffrage leader Emmeline Pankhurst, while Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter play foot soldiers in the movement. For a two-minute trailer, click here.   

Remember to print your ticket from EventBrite and bring it with you. Check for updates on our website and on opening night look for our table in the lobby for up-to-the-minute information. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the 106-minute film begins at 6:45 p.m. Come early! Seating could be limited. Cinema North: northwest corner of Knapp and the Beltline at 2121 Celebration Drive NE.

One More Event on November 17!

Spirited Women:  
Grand Rapids and the Push for Temperance

by Ruth Van Stee & Julie Tabberer 
6 p.m. Tuesday, November 17 
Meijer Theater, Grand Rapids Public Museum 
Free with cost of admission to the museum
Check out the Grand Rapids Public Museum's exhibit
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition after our presentation about the fascinating history behind "Beer City USA"! More at our website. 
  For more details about these and other events and programs, watch our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  

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Not a current member of GGRWHC?   Register or renew your membership and help offset the expenses associated with annual research and programs. Your membership helps to set the record straight on the women who've made history here in our community.

GGRWHC Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Vanderveen Center for the Book at the Grand Rapids Public Library. If you have suggestions for programs, oral histories, or other items, please email us or plan to attend a meeting.



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Hats off to the historical women who've shaped West Michigan!