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



October 12, 2015

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Falinda Geerling 
Sharon Hanks
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Julie Tabberer
Ruth VanStee 
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10 a.m. Saturday, October 17

Help get our history out there! Bring friends, drink coffee, and stitch together summaries of 1990s oral history transcripts. If you don't "sew," come anyway! We have written instructions, a form to follow, and will complete as many summations as possible to post on our web site. We will focus on oral histories from the 1990s. Transcriptions are mostly between 14 and 17 pages--and good reading! For more information: Let us know you're coming:   [email protected]

Upcoming Events for 2015-1016

Read on for an overview of our year's activities and always keep up with us at! We look forward to your helping hand at the writing bee 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. See you then!  

*** 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17 : GGRWHC Writing Bee. Help us finish summarizing 1990s interviews for posting on our web site. Meet at the GVSU downtown campus; we'll direct you from there! More details at

 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 21: Premier of a
GVSU documentary on Grand Rapids Chicks women's baseball, A Team of Their Own. GVSU's Loosemore Auditorium, downtown campus. Seating may be limited. See
6 p.m. Tuesday, November 10: Another showing of A Team of Their Own; this time at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Free with museum admission.

*** 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 17: Spirited Women: Grand Rapids and the Push for Temperance. GGRWHC's Ruth Van Stee & Julie Tabberer look at Prohibition on the local scene and the women's social movements surrounding those years. GR Public Museum; free with the price of admission. For more,

Friday, November 20: Grand Rapids's opening of British film, Suffragette ( We'll go to the movie and talk afterward. Did you know "suffragettes" and "suffragists" are different! Place and time TBA.

*** 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 23: GGRWHC kicks off History Detectives, GRPL's day-long offering of local history programming, with Kindergarten and "Radical" Women in 1890s Grand Rapids by Scott Bultman. Grand Rapids Public Library.

*** 7 p.m. Thursday, February 11: Community Builders: Early African American Women in Grand Rapids (their actions and visibility as citizens of the city). Presented by GR Study Club members Yvonne Sims & Jo Ellyn Clarey. Aquinas College Donnelly Center. Co-sponsored by the GR Historical Society.

*** 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1: GGRWHC's local women's "sampler." At the GR Public Library.

*** 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30: GGRWHC's annual reception, wrapping up Women's History Month by celebrating the elective history of GR women. Women's City Club.

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SEE You 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 17,

Spirited Women:
Grand Rapids and the Push for Temperance

Meijer Theater, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Free with cost of admission to the museum.

"Spirited Women" of the Prohibition Era will be the subject of the GGRWHC's November 17 program. 

GGRWHC's Ruth Van Stee and Julie Tabberer will illustrate thirteen years of local speakeasies and bathtub gin and tell the stories of area women in the massive social movements surrounding the Prohibition years, 1920-33. The "True Woman" of the nineteenth century and the "New Woman" of the Jazz Age contribute to the long foreground of Grand Rapids as "Beer City USA"! For more, click on 

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