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


February 3, 2014
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
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Jill Straub
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A Celebration of the Founding of Pine Rest:
The Women's Connection

On Thursday, February 13, hear the story of the Christian Psychopathic Hospital, established in 1910 as a place of healing for people suffering from mental illness. Among the visionary founders of the institution we now call Pine Rest was Jacoba Breuker Robbert, the daughter and wife of immigrant ministers Seemingly an ordinary housewife, she played an important role in our community, fostering the strong roots of mental health care.
Pine Rest Founder
Jacoba Breuker Robbert 
Her story is found in Lillian Grissen's 1991 book, For Such a Time as This. Ms. Grissen's book features the stories of 26 local Christian Reformed women. Included among them are the founders of Bethany Christian Services and the Reformed Bible College. For more information about Ms. Grissen's book, visit this site.
The program is sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society and presented by the staff of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. It is free. Parking is free. A reception follow.
7 p.m. Thursday, February 13, Gerald R. Ford Museum     


Happy Valentine's Day to You, Our Supporters


During this month in which Valentine greetings are often sent to friends and family members, you may receive a membership request from us. Consider it a friendly thinking-about-you message. In it, you'll find a brief "annual report," bringing you up to date on last year's programs and activities. We hope you like what you see; that is, our continued effort to fulfill our mission of researching, documenting, and preserving the lives of local, historical women who made a difference in their time and in ours. Please respond either by renewing your partnership and backing or by becoming a brand new partner and supporter. To download our new brochure, go to the homepage of our web site,  






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 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month 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!