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



September 23, 2017

Board of Directors
Melissa Fox
Kate van Liere
Connie Ingham
Ruth VanStee
Julia Bouwkamp    
Jo Ellyn Clarey 
Michelle DeRose 
Kristin Du Mez  
Melissa Fox 
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens 
    Dunham Strand 
Julie Tabberer
Kate van Liere   
Ruth Van Stee  

Deirdre Toeller-Novak
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New Exhibit is up!
Women Go To War:  
Furniture Factory Work During World War I
While touring ArtPrize, drop by  the Grand Rapids Public Library downtown (111 Library St. NE) to see this beautifully designed and informative exhibit.  Featuring the women who worked in the furniture industry during World War I, this new display is on the fourth floor in the Grand Rapids History & Special Collections department. 
"Women Go To War" highlights the wartime furniture factory life of local women during the Great War. The multi-panel exhibit is replete with historic photographs, newspaper articles, labor statistics, and profiles of individual women.  
Stop in to see how the Woman's Committee of the Council of National Defense harnessed the working power, as well as the social and civic relief aims, of more than 20,000 women through voluntary registration.    
Learn what working life was like for the women who worked at the Sligh Furniture Company and Berkey &  Gay--two of the most prominent furniture makers employing women during the war--as they moved into roles traditionally held by their male counterparts.  
This exhibit speaks to the contributions of women, including the city's immigrant populations, and the power of community during a tumultuous time.  
It can be viewed whenever the library is open.  
See library hours.

This exhibit was possible with the support of the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation through a grant from the Furniture Manufacturers' Heritage Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. 

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Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in 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!