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


June 1, 2013
GGRWHC Board of Directors

Falinda Geerling,
Cindy Dorman,
 Vice President
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Janet Brashler
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Gayle Davis
Sharon Hanks
Kyle Irwin
Mary Jane Keeler
Jef McClimans
Jennifer Morrison
Kathy Rent
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Jill Straub
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A Tour "Under the Dome," Featuring Women's History in the Michigan State Capitol

12:30 pm, Monday, June 10th
Meet at commuter lot next to Malarky's (Beltline & I-196)
RSVP: or (616) 574-7307  
Join GGRWHC on Monday, June 10th, for an exclusive tour of our restored state capitol building with an expert, Michigan Capitol Historian Kerry Chartkoff! If you have not visited the building since its amazing restoration, this is a perfect opportunity. If you have, you will experience a visit unlike any you've had before. 

Along the way, Chartkoff will feature the long continuum of women, ranging from the humble to the notable, who have worked under the capitol dome. Meet an 1880s janitress, a state librarian, a staffer from the 1912 delinquent tax department, Sojourner Truth, and state suffragists--for a start! Visit the desk of Grand Rapids' Eva McCall Hamilton, who in 1920 became the first woman to serve in the legislature. Her official portrait hangs in the Senate chambers.
The tour will last approximately two hours, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing. There will be occasional opportunities to sit down, but let us know if you have special needs and we will plan accordingly.
We will be carpooling. Please let us know ASAP whether 1) you will be able to drive and how many passengers you can accommodate; 2) whether you will need a ride; 3) whether you plan to attend but will meet us there. There is free handicapped parking at the Capitol; for everyone else, a parking structure. Cross the street and enter at the front (east) entrance. Do not climb the stairs, but use the ground floor entrances beneath them. At the information desk on your right, ask for our tour. 
RSVP and send additional questions and information to or call (616) 574-7307. [Note that this new GGRWHC telephone number is currently forwarding to a personal voicemail. Please leave your name and a contact number.]
Driving Directions: From I-96: exit east on I-496. Take the Walnut Street exit and proceed north. Turn right on Allegan to the end of the block. The parking structure is on the corner with Capitol Street.


 Recording Women's History Through Conversation: An Oral History Training Workshop
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
7 p.m., VanderVeen Center
Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library Street NE
Please consider helping interview women in our community who have "made a difference." The workshop on June 19th will introduce you to procedures for interviewing and later depositing your work in our collection at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Guided by the Oral History Committee of the GGRWHC, you can practice developing interview questions and rehearsing interview methods, after discussing permissions and appropriate recording devices.

Please pre-register as the workshop will be limited in number. If it fills up, we will plan another in the very near future. Call 616-574-7307 or email with queries and contact information to reserve a space. More detailed information soon!


Not a current member of GGRWHC? Membership is easy
and helps offset the expenses associated with research and programming presented each year. 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 first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm 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 at or plan to attend a meeting.


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Thank you for your interest in preserving and celebrating the history of the many phenomonal women who've helped to shape West Michigan!  If you aren't already a member of the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council, consider showing your support through annual membership.  Visit our web site for more information and the ability to register using Pay Pal online!

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