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



October 5, 2015

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Janet Brashler 
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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A GGRWHC Summary Writing Bee

Join GGRWHC at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015, for something like a quilting bee! We will be stitching together summaries of oral history transcripts for posting on our website. Don't worry if you don't "sew"! We have directions!

First, please check the list of the Council's collection of 1990s interviews at , where you can also see a few models of summaries already finished. Here is one for the late Lillian Gill .  
Ms. Liilian Gill (1917-2014)
To finish the summarizing project we will meet on October 17 in the gazebo area at the northern end of Grand Valley State University's downtown campus ( Building C ). After entering from Winter Ave., where there is convenient, free parking, please meet in front of Starbucks on the first floor. Let us know you are coming by emailing,   [email protected], or calling, 616.574.7307.

The bee will focus on GGRWHC interviews from the Council's Collection #167, housed at the Grand Rapids Public Library. These 49 oral histories were completed during the 1990s and cover women from a range of ages, from young career women who were also busy mothers and wives to active, older community volunteers. Most of the transcriptions to be summarized are between 14 and 17 pages, pages often filled with surprising facts about experiences of local women. You may well know some of them.

I f you are uncertain about your skills, come anyway. We will provide a brief lesson,  written instructions, and a form to follow. The objective will be to complete as many summations as time and participants are able. 
Please join us for some interesting reading and a fun way to contribute to the preservation and dissemination of local women's history. Join us 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, at GVSU downtown campus, Building C. Park free in the adjacent DeVos lot. Let us know you are coming by emailing, [email protected], or calling, 616.574.7307.

Mark Your Calendars and Save These Dates!  
10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, GVSU downtown campus--GGRWHC Writing Bee

Wednesday & Thursday, October 21 & 22--Premieres of the documentary, A Team of Their Own. For more details,  click here or go to our  website. 

Tuesday, November 10, another showing of A Team of Their Own at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

6 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, GR Public Museum--GGRWHC program, Spirited Women: Grand Rapids and the Push for Temperance.  

Friday, November 20, Celebration North--Local launch of British film, Suffragette. Join us for viewing and follow-up discussion.

9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 23, GR Public Library--History Detectives, GGRWHC program, Kindergarten and "Radical" Women in 1890s Grand Rapids.

7 p.m. Thursday, February 11, Aquinas College Donnelly Conference Center, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Historical Society, GGRWHC program, Community Builders: Early African American Women in Grand Rapids

7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Grand Rapids Public Library,  local women's history "sampler"

5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, Women's City Club--GGRWHC annual celebration of Women's History Month.
for more details about each of these programs and events and for other news and updates about local historical women.

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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!