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



March 16, 2015

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Falinda Geerling,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Janet Brashler 
Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes 
Sharon Hanks
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Jill Straub
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Stories from the Past that Speak to the Present

 GGRWHC's Annual Reception 


5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 Complimentary hors d'oeuvres & wine ticket bar ($5/glass)

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

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

Free and open to the public.
Please let us know you're coming at  [email protected] or 616-574-7307. 

New and renewing members
will be offered a free glass of wine!

For more information, visit our website.
Our annual program's topic this year is right out of MLive The Grand Rapids Press and other community and national news, and we are delighted that GVSU historian Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin, Editor of Mlive/Grand Rapids Press Julie Hoogland, and Medical Reporter Sue Thoms are joining us for our annual celebration of Women's History Month. Together they will tell the remarkable story of the life work of researchers Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering. Their work has made news again today because of recent outbreaks of deadly childhood diseases.





In the 1930s, one of the first and best vaccination for whooping cough was developed by two Grand Rapids researchers--Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering. At the time this deadly disease was  killing 6,000 American children annually. With support from the community and dedicated laboratory help from chemist, Loney Clinton Gordon, they later refined their vaccine and shared it with the world.


Help us honor these women who are remarkable in the history of our city. Come and invite your friends!

If you have not yet renewed your support of GGRWHC for 2015 or joined as a brand-new member, click here! 


Click here to read the biographies of Kendrick and Eldering in our 1991 Seven Women Who Made a Difference collection.  


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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 first Tuesday 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!