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



January 25, 2017

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Susan Coombes
Connie Ingham
Ruth VanStee,
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Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Kristin Du Mez 
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens 
Amy Dunham Strand 
Julie Tabberer
Kate van Liere   
Ruth Van Stee

Deirdre Toeller-Novak
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  Women's History at History Detectives           
The Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council and other historical organizations cooperate with the Grand Rapids Public Library in bringing you a day-long event featuring detectives in local history and what they've found.  Choose to attend the two programs on women's history or stay all day for all the great presentations!  
     Saturday, January 28,  9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Grand Rapids Public Library, Main 
Free programming and parking
Immigrant Midwives and a Notable Botanist
The first detective of the day at 9:30 a.m. is Janet Sheeres, who has ferreted out information on a little known and almost undocumented group of  women--the midwives in the Dutch community. 

"Present, But Not Counted: Dutch Immigrant Midwives in Grand Rapids
"  will focus on the work of several women midwives in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century
A midwife's medical bag
Grand Rapids and will address why they chose work delivering babies; who their clients were; what hardships they faced; and why they are not in our histories.

Sheeres's research has primarily been on Dutch midwives, but her findings also shed light on finding  midwives serving other ethnic communities. She will expand on them March 4 for the West Michigan Genealogical Society. See details here. 

At 1:00 p.m. Julie Stivers, who has been sleuthing out details of the life and work of botanist Emma Cole for several years, will reintroduce
Emma Cole 
the Central High School teacher. Valued among her peers nationally and internationally for her botanical research, Emma Cole left a legacy of scientific research that remains important to professional botanists, students, and researchers.  Part of that legacy includes her 1901 book titled Grand Rapids Flora, a 136-page catalog of 1260 plants growing without cultivation in the vicinity of Kent County.  The book remains the most complete account of plants specific to our area.    For the presentation titled "Where Have All the Flowers
Title page of  
Grand Rapids Flora
Gone?  Rediscovering Emma Cole's Nineteenth-Century Grand Rapids Flora,"  Stivers will be joined by Calvin College professors David Warners and Garrett Crow describing their work with students to rediscover Cole's haunts and assess their natural quality more than 100 years later.
Supported by the GGRWHC, Julie Stivers successfully nominated Emma Cole in 2007 for the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.

The rest of the day includes four other presentations:  
          *** 10:30 a.m.  - the huge bi-annual furniture expositions
                 that attracted buyers to Grand Rapids from around the
          *** 11:30 a.m. - Michigan's boat building industry   
          *** 2:00 p.m. - the expansion of Grand Rapids Public  
                 Schools in the 1950s with new Mid-Century Modern
          *** 3:00 p.m. - the project to document the urban Native
                 American experience in Grand Rapids in the last half
                 of the 20th century
  For complete program details for History Detectives 
go directly to the History Detectives brochure on our website or visit our website

If you haven't already ordered a lunch, bring your own! 

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Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 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!