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



October 23, 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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Mark your calendars for the following! Check for updates on our Facebook page or website, or by calling (616) 574-7307 or signing up for our newsletter at  All are open to the public. All are free, except at Celebration North Cinema and the GR Public Museum. The latter will cost entry to the museum.
6 p.m. Tuesday, November 10: Showing of a new GVSU documentary on 1940s-50s Grand Rapids Chicks women's baseball team, A Team of Their Own. GR Public Museum. See

*** 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 17 : Spirited Women: Grand Rapids and the Push for Temperance. GGRWHC's Ruth Van Stee & Julie Tabberer will supplement the Grand Rapids Public Museum's exhibit on Prohibition with a look at the local scene during 13 years of speakeasies and bathtub gin and the stories of area women in the massive social movements surrounding the Prohibition years 1920-1933. GR Public Museum.

*** Friday, November 20, Celebration North, $10--time, theater number, and ticketing details TBA: Come to the Grand Rapids opening of the star-studded British film Suffragette. GGRWHC will rent our own small theater, where afterwards we will talk with GVSU women's historian Gretchen Galbraith about fact and fiction in the film itself, when the early British and American women's movements intersected, and how they were different. No longer will you confuse British "suffragettes" with  American "suffragists"! In a cameo performance Meryl Streep appears as British suffrage leader Emmeline Pankhurst, while Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter play foot soldiers in the movement. For a two-minute trailer:

*** 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 former director of the Froebel Foundation USA, Scott Bultman. You mean kindergarten has a disruptive history? Grand Rapids Public Library. 
*** 7 p.m. Thursday, February 11: Join the Grand Rapids Study Club and GGRWHC for Community Builders: Early African American Women in Grand Rapids by GRSC's Yvonne Sims & GGRWHC's Jo Ellyn Clarey. Reports in 1890s newspapers on the very public lives of these women fill gaps and correct errors! Co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society. Aquinas College Donnelly Center.   

*** 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1: A Grand Rapids women's history "sampler" with GRPL archive staff Drew Damron, Heather Edwards, and Julie Tabberer will feature Berkey & Gay girls during WWI, the earliest female newspaper cartoonist in the nation, and more; supplemented by an exhibit on women in the furniture industry. Grand Rapids Public Library.

*** 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30: The GGRWHC's annual reception at the Women's City Club will wrap up Women's History Month by celebrating the long elective history of Grand Rapids women with brand new Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, the first woman to lead our city! Meet old and new friends! By updating your dues, you'll get a free drink!

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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 Temperance Era will be the subject of the GGRWHC's November 17 program. 

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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!