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



March 6, 2015

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Falinda Geerling,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Janet Brashler 
Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes 
Sharon Hanks
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Jill Straub
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GGRWHC Annual Reception

Honors 1930s Grand Rapids Women Scientists
On the front page of the  January 25, 2015 Grand Rapids Press/Mlive, Medical Reporter Sue Thoms told a remarkable story, based on research by GVSU historian Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin.

In the 1930s, one of the first and best vaccinations for the deadly whooping cough was developed by Grand Rapids researchers Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering. In the U.S. alone 6,000 children died annually from the disease. With support from the community and dedicated laboratory help from chemist Loney Clinton Gordon, they later refined their vaccine and shared it with the world.

The GGRWHC is delighted to honor their story at our annual celebration of Women's History Month. We are also delighted that the first woman editor of the Grand Rapids Press, Julie Hoogland, will join Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin and Sue Thoms to discuss it. Please join us!

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015

5 p.m. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres & wine ticket bar ($5/glass) 
5:30 p.m.Brief annual report and elections followed by celebratory program

Women's City Club, lower level auditorium, 254 E. Fulton St. 
Free parking is available on south side of the building or in lot across Lafayette Ave.

Free and open to the public. Please let us know you're coming at [email protected] or 616-574-7307. 

New and renewing members will be offered a free glass of wine! If you have not yet renewed your support of GGRWHC for 2015 or joined as a brand-new member click here 
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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 first Tuesday 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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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!