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


April 22, 2014
GGRWHC Board of Directors

Falinda Geerling,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Janet Brashler
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Gayle Davis
Sharon Hanks
Kyle Irwin
Mary Jane Keeler
Jef McClimans 
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Jill Straub
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A Suffragist Spring: Taking Over The Grand Rapids Press in 1914 

Ruth Van Stee


 Today! 9:20 a.m.

Listen to Ruth Van Stee talk with The Morning Show's (WGVU Public Radio, 88.5 FM) host, Shelley Irwin, about her upcoming program on 


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

5 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres & wine ticket bar ($5/glass)

5:30 p.m. Brief 2013-2014 annual report and election of new board members

5:45 p.m. Ruth Van Stee's Presentation


Women's City Club, lower level auditorium, 254 E. Fulton St. 

Free and Open to the Public

Free Parking is available on south side of the building or in the lot on Lafayette Ave.  


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Our annual March gathering was moved to April this year only to more closely coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Suffrage Edition of The Grand Rapids Press on May 2, 2014. 


In celebration of this suffrage edition, the first section of one of the May 2, 1914, copies of The Press will be on display.


When setting goals for 1914, the National Equal Suffrage Association called for rallies, participation in parades, and the take over of local newspapers for a day across the country to argue for the cause. The Grand Rapids Equal Suffrage Association met this challenge by editing and producing the edition for which we celebrate at this year's reception. Ruth Van Stee, recently retired from the Grand Rapids Public Library, History and Special Collections department, will talk about this edition, the local women involved, and the role this local event played in the national suffrage movement.   


Join Council members for refreshments, a glass of wine, and our annual tribute to local historical women!


A free wine ticket for each member whose membership

is paid up to date


Please register for this event at either [email protected] or [email protected] or 

call 616-574-7307. 


Michigan was Slow to Embrace Women's Suffrage












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 on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm 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 [email protected] or plan to attend a meeting.


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