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



May 27, 2016

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Kristin Du Mez 
Sharon Hanks 
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens 
Amy Dunham Strand 
Julie Tabberer  
Ruth Van Stee 
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Wednesday, June 1
Midwestern History Conference

Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium,  
401 Fulton St. W.  

The Midwestern History Association and the GVSU Hauenstein Center have planned a one day conference for June 1 with a variety of interesting speakers and panels.  
It's free, including the lunch!
*** But you must RESERVE at this link *** 
 For a complete description of keynote speakers and presentations, click on: Hauenstein's website.

Attend all or just part of the day.
But don't miss the GGRWHC panel, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, which will highlight women's history in this area and the resources to illustrate how local history experts can enhance the work of professional historians and promote important exchanges in the field. They will use examples of specific resources that academic historians would have difficulty finding, even in this digital age.

Shifting Master Narratives
Through Grand Rapids Women's History 
 panel will include three speakers:
Mining the Mother Lode: WWI Women's Registration Cards and the Council of National Defense
          Anita Anthony-VanOrsdal, Michigan State University
Creating a Resource:  
A Unique Record of Women's Elective History
Deirdre Toeller-Novak, GGRWHC  

Fi ghting Faulty Assumptions about 1890s Women's Groups,
Black and White
Jo Ellyn Clarey, GGRWHC

For more information, see our website

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Thursday, June 2
Gert, Grace and the Berkey & Gay Girls:
Women, War & Work in 1910s Grand Rapids 
7:00 pm 
Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library  
Co-sponsored by the  
Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council  
and the Grand Rapids Public Library

A repeat of the Women's History Month opener for the audience that was snowed in then!  We're still celebrating the working women of Grand Rapids a hundred years ago. 
Using unique archival resources, GRPL local history experts Julie Tabberer, Heather Edwards, and Drew Damron will highlight some of the city's women employed outside their homes. The last decade of the heady Progressive Era opened doors both personal and professional for these 11,000 women, and the disruptions of wartime provided opportunities in a working world previously off limits. On Thursday meet the girls of Berkey & Gay, an early woman cartoonist, and one of our first elected officials--as they remain alive in an employee-produced factory newsletter, census records, city directories, newspaper articles, and 20,000 extremely rare war registration cards surveying the skills of area women.

For more information, see our website

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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!