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



February 29, 2016

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey,    
Susan Coombes
    Vice President 
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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First Things: Today & Tomorrow
*** TODAY, Feb. 29th, 10:00 am ~  Kick off Women's History
Shelley Irwin
Month with Shelley Irwin and the Morning Show on WGVU! Listen in at FM 88.5/95.3 when she talks to Julie Tabberer and Drew Damron, two of tomorrow's presenters on women, war, and work in 1910s Grand Rapids, when the disruptions of wartime offered women opportunities in a working world previously off limits.  To listen on-line click here.

*** TOMORROW, March 1st, 7 p.m. ~ Celebrate with us at the Grand Rapids Public Library with a women's history sampler! Using unique archival resources, GRPL staff Drew Damron, Heather Edwards, and Julie Tabberer will feature factory girls during WWI, an early woman cartoonist, and a dynamic political activist--as they remain alive in census records, an employee-produced factory newsletter, city directories, newspaper articles, and 20,000 extremely rare war registration cards surveying the skills of area women. More on our website!

Mark Your Calendars to Bookend the Month

*** Wednesday, March 30, 5 p.m.: The GGRWHC's annual reception at the Women's City Club will wrap up Women's History Month! With brand new Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss and presenter Deirdre Toeller-Novak, we will celebrate five firsts in the elective history of Grand Rapids women, beginning in 1888.  Meet old and new friends, and for joining or updating your dues, you'll get a free drink! Free and open to the public.

Reservations appreciated: at EventBrite, or
email [email protected]/ or call 616-574-7307

GGRWHC in the Media

*** Check us out in the March Grand Rapids Magazine! Writer
March Issue
extraordinaire Ann Byle highlights GGRWHC this month in her year-long series on nonprofits: "Cause & Effect: People Helping People in West Mighigan." Byle has constructed a wonderful glimpse of our history and goals, and the article features great photos, courtesy the archives of the Grand Rapids Public Library. Thanks to Ann and the magazine!

*** On Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m. , tune in to
Ask the Women's History Expert on WGVU Television, Channel 35! Host/producer Shelley Irwin will welcome a variety of women's history experts, certainly including the GGRWHC! Plan your individual questions about local and national women and the interrelationship between Grand Rapids women and the national story.

*** Miss this program? Catch it now~ On the February 8th
Jo Ellyn Clarey and Yvonne Sims
WGVU Morning Show Shelley Irwin spoke to Yvonne Sims and Jo Ellyn Clarey about their upcoming program on 1890s Grand Rapids' African American women. If you missed either, get a sampling by clicking here.

What's New on Our Website?

Especially during Women's History Month, you will find program information on our homepage-but scroll down to the bottom for two new features! Our new web mistress, Deirdre Toeller-Novak, has been experimenting with ways to bring you occasional information about other groups and our past events.

In the community and beyond currently includes a variety of information about the upcoming Pillar Awards of the Women's Resource Center; the Grand Rapids Art Museum's exhibit on Women, Art, and Social Change; and a look at a 1916 savvy Manitoba suffragist. 

Photo gallery of past events features photos from our own recent programming and links to remind you either what you witnessed or what you missed. Click through directly, if you like, for photos from History Detectives on January 23 and "Early African American Women in Grand Rapids," on February 11th:  Photo Gallery

Join us or Update your Membership!  

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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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!