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



September 1, 2016

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Kristin Du Mez 
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens 
Amy Dunham Strand 
Julie Tabberer  
Ruth Van Stee 
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In Grand Fashion

Costume Society of America
Midwestern Regional Symposium
at the
Grand Rapids Public Museum
September 15-17, 2016
The Costume Society of America's Midwest Region will host a conference in our own back yard that could be of particular interest to GGRWHC members--and the CSA has invited GGRWHC membership to take advantage of the full conference at CSA member rates.**

The CSA is dedicated to the study of the field of costume and the preservation of material samples. GGRWHC members will remember the history of women with needles and note several presentations of historical interest on the program.

Three local scholars will offer featured presentations--Michael Hauser (independent historian), Suzanne Eberle (KCAD), and Andrea Melvin (GRPM), and GVSU professor Steeve Buckridge and student Chehallis Robinson are also on the program.
Symposium highlights include
  -  an opening reception at Kendall College of Art & Design,
  -  a special tour of Grand Rapids Public Museum collections,
  -  the KCAD/GRPM collaborative exhibition  Inspired Style,
  -  tours of Frank Lloyd Wright's Meyer May House,
  -  and the newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum with a special look at the Betty Ford clothing collection. 

Saturday lunch will be at the historic Women's City Club, which will offer a peek at the ArtPrize competition.


**If you act quickly (by September 6th, using online payment through Eventzilla), early bird registration fees, including lunches and tours, will be available.  Please note that Grand Rapids Public Museum members will be receiving special benefits to the presentations only. The special offer to GGRCWHC members includes the entire conference. Please contact local coordinator Andrea Melvin with questions:
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