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October 2019 News and Events
Saturday, October 5 at 1pm - Rain or shine!
East Congregational Church

Grand Rapids Women Architects 1920s-1970s

Join the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council and architectural researcher Pamela VanderPloeg ( grandrapidsbuildings.com ) on Saturday, October 5 for a presentation and walking tour on Grand Rapids female architects and their influence on homes and neighborhoods, both locally and nationally, from 1920-1970. We will meet at 1pm in the beautiful Gothic-designed Klise Memorial Chapel at East Congregational Church at 1005 Giddings SE. The presentation will be followed by a 90-minute guided walking tour of the Ottawa Hills and adjacent East Grand Rapids streets where several 1920s era homes are attributed to women architects. Tour participants will enjoy a look at the interior of a couple of these lovely historic homes that highlight the aesthetically pleasing and efficient designs of these talented female architects.  Registration is required for this free event.   Click here to Register!
Thursday, October 10 at 7pm
Grand Rapids Public Library

From Managerial Void to the Medical Mile: 
The Evolving Roles of Women and the Enduring Presence of History

Join us on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Grand Rapids Public Library where Julia Bouwkamp will present From Managerial Void to the Medical Mile: The Evolving Roles of Women and the Enduring Presence of History. 

Known for its thriving medical institutions, Grand Rapids today soars above its past, having forgotten whole chapters of an early medical history where government played virtually no role in providing civil services. Early “managerial voids” were commonly filled by the efforts of voluntary associations–associations most often led by women.

On October 10 th , Bouwkamp will unfold the history of Grand Rapids medical institutions growing out of the efforts of hard-working, charitable nineteenth-century women. Early women citizens are rarely heralded as community builders, and Bouwkamp will reveal a story often obscured by sentimentalized assumptions that women were not seriously involved in “public” works, even in the organization of institutions that cared for the sick, the elderly, and orphaned children.

In fact, these early citizens impacted our community to a remarkable degree. Fleshing out the specific history of women founders of early Grand Rapids medical institutions, Bouwkamp will reveal a pattern where they were pushed from the centers of organizations they had created into the more feminine realm of nursing–where once again their hard work and creativity revolutionized a struggling profession by “raising standards and giving scientific value to the business of being a woman.”

Balancing benevolence and business sense, they understood that the “intelligent saints” in the caring professions should be honored for their skills and with a living wage.

Co-sponsored by the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, 
the Grand Rapids Historical Society, & the Grand Rapids Public Library
Her Legacy:
The Secret Life of Helen Meade

Have you seen our "Her Legacy" features in Women's Lifestyle magazine? Click here to read the full story about Helen May Meade in the September issue!
More Women's History in Bronze!

On September 27th, Jay Hall Carpenter's sculptural grouping honoring the Grand Rapids women developers of a successful vaccine against whooping cough and, later, the DPT shot: Pearl Kendrick, 1930s director of Michigan Public Health in Grand Rapids; Grace Eldering, her research partner and lab director; Loney Clinton Gordon, who in the 1940s helped develop a more effective vaccine. 

See the statues facing Michigan Street, near the corner of Monroe on MSU Research Center property. Then thank GRCL founder and funder, Peter Secchia, sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter and reporter Monica Scott! More soon--much more--on the important researchers behind this history, the family in attendance from around the nation, other local connections to the lab, and GGRWHC member Julie Hoogland, whose efforts on the front and back ends of this project were profound! 
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Thank you for your interest in preserving and celebrating the history of the many phenomenal 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  website  for more information!
Hats off to the historical women who've shaped West Michigan!