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



June 8, 2017

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Melissa Fox
Kate van Liere
Connie Ingham
Ruth VanStee
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Julia Bouwkamp    
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Michelle DeRose 
Kristin Du Mez  
Melissa Fox 
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens 
Amy Dunham Strand 
Julie Tabberer
Kate van Liere   
Ruth Van Stee  

Deirdre Toeller-Novak
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Loving Day 2017: 50 Years of Redefining Love
3 Days, 3 Events, 1 Family
June 9-11 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia case that struck down racial restrictions on marriage in the U.S.  
The GGRWHC honors the Loving case as one more example how women's and men's intimate lives have been both restricted and liberated in the past.  
Mildred and Richard Loving

The Edye Evans Hyde's Ebony Road Players is celebrating this  weekend, June 9-11.  Hyde says, "To highlight the history of the   Richard and Mildred Loving is to understand how history affects  us now."  

Giving Voice to Love
Friday, June 9, 7:30 pm
Ladies Literary Society, Sheldon Avenue
The opening event features local artists of music, dance, theater, film, and spoken word telling their stories of identity, race, love and expression 50 years after the groundbreaking court case. 
Purchase tickets.

Family Block Party and Film Festival
Saturday, June 10, 10 am - 4 pm
Park Church
Cosponsored by Park Church, there will be activities inside the church and outside on the street. Outside: food, artists, community organizations, children's activities, a stage with music, dance.  Inside: there will be film viewings from The Mosaic Film Experience, acting workshops, and a voice box to capture your stories!

Loving Documentary Screening
Sunday June 11, 11:45 am
Park Church

The weekend celebration will conclude with a FREE showing of the HBO documentary, The Loving Story, co-sponsored with Conversations at Park Church, lunch will be served and discussion will follow the film.  Get Tickets

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  Bicycle Fever
Wednesday, June 14th, 6:30 pm
The Pyramid Scheme - 68 Commerce SW

A group of women cyclists gather at the Fulton Park fountain  for a ride, circa 1895 (Grand Rapids Public Library Archives)
By 1895, America had the fever as the bicycle evolved from a dangerous and expensive contraption to an easy and affordable way to travel.    Using one -of-a-kind historical photos and documents,  Alles will discuss the Furniture City's obsession with bicycles--including information about women's cycling clubs and how bicycles affected women's dress and offered new freedoms. In Grand Rapids bicycle culture was huge!      
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Join us for the 83rd Annual  
July 4th Hollyhock Lane Parade!

Back by popular demand, the GGRWHC will once again honor our forebears by re-enacting suffragists parading on Grand Rapids streets over a hundred years ago. Please march with us at the 83rd annual July 4th Hollyhock Lane Parade. Stay tuned for details!


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Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in 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!