September 28, 2020 I I 616-574-7307
 Honoring Our Women Scientists Statewide

“Conquering the Cough: Grand Rapids Women Beating Disease”
by Julie Hoogland & Sue Thoms
Saturday, October 3rd,  2020, 1:00 pm
Michigan History Conference of the Historical Society of Michigan

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GGRWHC’s Julie Hoogland and Spectrum Health Beat’s Sue Thoms will partner again on Saturday, October 3rd, at 1:00 pm, for the 146th (now virtual) annual conference of the Historical Society of Michigan. In 2015, when Julie was editor of the Grand Rapids Press and Sue its medical specialist, they ran a series of articles on vaccination, highlighting 1930s Grand Rapids pioneering women scientists. Catch up with this story Saturday. Conference registration is required, but there will be a lot more offered on Friday, as well as Saturday! Scroll down ~

Check out the entire conference schedule and discover a program on legacies of women in the state Capitol and the first women at MSU. Register here—for a reduced fee by October 1st
During the current pandemic, Hoogland and Thoms will update us on the fight against whooping cough, a killer disease during the 1930s and 1940s. Innovative women and public health scientists, Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering, ran their own private study on a shoestring budget, with laboratory help from aids like Loney Clinton Gordon. We honor them today for their pioneering methods in vaccine development as well as their history in the development of controlled clinical trials. But, until recently, they have been left out of the standard histories of methodology and practice. Hoogland and Thoms have been in touch with today’s scientists and historians for cutting-edge updates!
Catch up on all that we keep learning about this episode in our history—and review here what we knew in 2019 when Kendrick. Eldering, and Gordon were honored in a Community Legends sculpture
Review the conference program overall for a panoply of offerings! And please note what you won’t find in the schedule! At 2:00 pm, after the program “Conquering the Cough,” the GGRWHC will have fifteen minutes to encourage others to do more women’s history on the local level and to highlight our own special projects during 2020.

And throughout the conference: The GGRWHC will make an appearance in the virtual exhibit hall and draw attention to the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment! No tabling at this conference, but join us virtually!

Also on Saturday, at 9:00 am, Michigan Capitol historian Valerie Marvin will discuss the history of women in the building, including Grand Rapids’s Eva McCall Hamilton, elected in 1920 as the first woman in the legislature. At 10:15 am, GVSU’s and MSU’s Delia Fernandez-Jones will present on Latinos in West Michigan; and at 3:30 pm, honor the 150th anniversary of women attending MSU.
Register for a reduced fee by October 1st!

UPCOMING EVENTS! Mark your calendars~

Stay in touch with our website calendar of events and watch our weekly newsletters!

October 3rd, 1:00 pm: Conquering the Cough: Grand Rapids Women Beating Disease” by Julie Hoogland and Sue Thoms, at the Michigan History Conference, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 2nd-3rd. Early-bird registration ends on September 7th. See our website or the Historical Society of Michigan website to RSVP for this ZOOM event & conference.

October 8th, 7:00 pm: Women Should Be Seen and Heard: Grand Rapids and the Fight for the Vote” by Ruth Stevens  See our website or the GR Historical Society website to RSVP for this ZOOM event.
October 21st: Death in Ten Minutes by Fern Riddell -- -- Virtual Book Discussion Series, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Free & open to the public. RSVP for this ZOOM event.

November 18th: All Bound Up Together by Martha S. Jones -- -- Virtual Book Discussion Series, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Free & open to the public. RSVP for this ZOOM event.
During this challenging year, the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council has pivoted to virtual salutes after losing in-person celebrations of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. We have rededicated ourselves to honoring the long and costly battle for the universal right to vote at the same time we pause to reconsider how we will more fully and effectively embrace the women’s histories of our entire community. 

Please continue to celebrate with the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council virtually and in print! Watch for us via this electronic newsletter, follow us on Facebook, find our monthly features in Women’s Lifestyle Magazine, and sign up for our hard-copy newsletter, if you haven’t already – at! Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay exercised!
Stay home and stay safe--but celebrate with us virtually and in print! 
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