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


January 10, 2014
GGRWHC Board of Directors

Falinda Geerling,
Cindy Dorman,
 Vice President
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Janet Brashler
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Gayle Davis
Sharon Hanks
Kyle Irwin
Mary Jane Keeler
Jef McClimans
Jennifer Morrison
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Jill Straub
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On Saturday, January 18, the GGRWHC and a consortium of local history organizations bring back History Detectives at the Grand Rapids Public Library! Our program will begin the day at 9:30 a.m.:   


Women and WWII: New Roles and Old Stereotypes
Dr. Richard H. Harms


WWII-era Grand Rapids women operated punch presses in factory jobs previously open only to men.



Presenter Dick Harms, curator of the archives of Calvin College and co-author of Grand Rapids Goes to War, will elaborate how World War II touched every aspect of life in Grand Rapids, how women on the home-front responded to the nation's "call to arms," a little known aspect of local wartime history.


Five other programs will continue through 4 p.m.: "When the Automobile Came to the Furniture City" (Chuck Snow), "Mr. Rover Visits Grand Rapids" (Melissa Fox), "The Mystery of West Michigan's Sunken Canoes" (Kevin Finney), "Remembering Granville Avenue" (Mary Angelo), and "Still Standing: 40 Years of Historic Preservation" (Rebecca Smith-Hoffman).


Limited parking is available in the library parking lot. Boxed lunches are $8 and must be ordered in advance by calling 616.988.5492 or emailing rsvp@grpl by 5 p.m. Friday, January 10, 2014. Pop is also available for $1. Attendees may also bring their own lunches. Please note that the library no longer has its own cafe. Only vending machines are available.


Check our web site ( for the 2014 brochure and details.  Next week our web site debuts its new look! Go for a visit and see its fresh features and easy navigation. More details in our next email.   



Not a current member of GGRWHC? Membership is easy and helps offset the expenses associated with research and programming presented each year. 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 pm 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 at [email protected] 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!