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



May 10, 2016

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Kristin Du Mez 
Sharon Hanks 
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens 
Amy Dunham Strand 
Julie Tabberer  
Ruth Van Stee 
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Finding the Lost Region
Midwestern History Conference
GVSU Hauenstein Center,  June 1

What happened to historical studies of the Midwest?  After decades of neglect, the Midwestern History Association, created in the fall of 2014, is rebuilding academic attention paid our region. Professional historians have focused more on the South and the West, but local historians across the Midwest have been tending the flame, as will be demonstrated by a panel from the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council. 

The GVSU Hauenstein Center is collaborating with this fledgling organization to co-sponsor this event for a second time on June 1. Join
specialists in midwestern history and learn more about the broader context within which Grand Rapids history exists.

Admission to the day-long conference is free, including a complimentary lunch, and open to the public. Plan to attend!
*** But you must RESERVE at this link ***

Panels will cover topics including midwestern progressivism, the Midwest as a  seed bed of cultural pluralism, the distribution of African Americans in the Old Northwest,  "Midwesternishness" in literary studies,  and contemporary literature of the Rust Belt. Speakers will come from all across the Midwest and nation,  and the Grand Rapids local history community as well.

Full information on keynote speakers and paper presentations can be found at  Hauenstein's website.

The GGRWHC panel, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, will highlight area women's history and resources to illustrate how local history experts can enhance the work of professional historians and promote important exchanges in the field. They will use examples of specific resources that academic historians would have difficulty finding, even in this digital age, without its volunteer colleagues.

Shifting Master Narratives Through Grand Rapids Women's History
panel will include three speakers:
Mining the Mother Lode: WWI Women's Registration Cards and the Council of National Defense"
(Anita Anthony-VanOrsdal, Michigan State University); 
Creating a Resource: A Unique Record of Women's Elective History

(Deirdre Toeller-Novak, GGRWHC);

ghting Faulty Assumptions about 1890s Women's Groups, Black and White "
(Jo Ellyn Clarey, GGRWHC).

For more information, see
One side of a WWI Women's Registration Card

Midwestern History Conference
June 1, 2016
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium,
Richard M. DeVos Center

401 Fulton St. W.

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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!