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



February 13, 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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Taste of Soul Sunday!


Growing Up in Auburn Hills

1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 15, 2015
Grand Rapids Public Library
Lower Level, Computer Training Center

Local community leaders Beverly Grant and Ellen James will reflect on their experiences growing up in the Auburn Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Auburn Hills was developed on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids in the 1960s by black community leaders who persisted in developing the subdivision in spite of segregation, institutional racism, and strong opposition from neighbors and other community leaders.

The story of this troubled and triumphant neighborhood is the subject of Black History Month's Taste of Soul Sunday at the downtown library.
Grant and James will be joined by Jennifer Metz of Past Perfect, Inc. and Mary Edmond, a retired educator who began teaching in the Grand Rapids Public Schools in the 1960s. This program will also feature short clips from "Auburn Hills - History of Racial Equity in Grand Rapids" by Jeremy Moore, Joel VanKuiken, Kyle Lim and Denise Evans.

At 3:30 p.m. Moore and Lim will present longer video clips in their presentation, The Auburn Hills Neighborhood: Race and Grand Rapids from Past to Present. These clips will be used as a launching point for a panel discussion of racial equity in present day Grand Rapids, with panelists Darel Ross of LINC, Paula Triplett of Auburn Hills, Sonya Hughes of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, and Denise Evans from Strong Beginnings.

Sponsored by the GGRWHC, the Greater Grand Rapids Racial Equity Network, and LINC Community Revitalization.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

At its annual reception, GGGRWHC will welcome GVSU historian Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin, Editor of Mlive/Grand Rapids Press Julie Hoogland, and Medical Reporter Sue Thoms to help us celebrate the life work of Grand Rapids women Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering, two scientists who developed one of the first, and best, vaccines against whooping cough, which in the 1930s killed 6,000 American children annually. With dedicated laboratory help from chemist Loney Clinton Gordon, they later refined their vaccine and shared it with the world.
In 1930s Pearl Kendrick was co-discoverer of whooping cough vaccination.

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 
5 p.m.: Complimentary hors d'oeuvres & wine ticket bar ($5/glass)
5:30 p.m.: Brief annual report and elections followed by celebratory program

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 mailto:[email protected], [email protected], or 616-574-7307. 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Women's History at Torch Club! 


A Suffragist Spring: The 1914 Suffrage Edition of the Grand Rapids Press -- Ruth Van Stee, Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council board member, will reprise her presentation on the takeover of The Press in 1914. The Torch Club welcomes you to the event.  


Grand Rapids women leaders, who had advocated universal suffrage for decades, took over The Grand Rapids Press on May 2, 1914. Van Stee will place these local women's efforts in the context of the national movement's publishing activities. Her presentation will include illustrations from the special newspaper edition and a look at the women involved.  


Torch Club's monthly meetings include dinner, conversation, and the program at the University Club, Fifth/Third Bank building. Drinks and a meet-and-greet begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Parking is free in the ramp when you mention you are attending Torch Club. Reservations can be made at   

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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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