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


June 14, 2013
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
Kathy Rent
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Jill Straub
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 Recording Women's History Through Conversation: An Oral History Training Workshop

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, at 7 p.m. when the GGRWHC will sponsor a workshop in the VanderVeen Center of the Grand Rapids Public Library on conducting oral history interviews.

Please consider helping interview women in our community who have "made a difference." The workshop on June 19th will introduce you to procedures for interviewing and later depositing your work in our collection at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Guided by the Oral History Committee of the GGRWHC, you can practice developing interview questions and rehearsing interview methods, after discussing permissions and appropriate recording devices.


If you can, please let us know you're attending. If you can't, come anyway! Call 616-574-7307 or email [email protected] with queries and contact information to reserve a space.


Help History Parade
Once again the GGRWHC will honor our forebears by re-enacting suffragists parading on Grand Rapids streets a hundred years ago. Please join us on July 4th to march in the annual Hollyhock Lane Parade!
On Wednesday morning, July 4th, we will gather at 8:00 am in Ottawa Hills. Look for "suffragists," the gaudy yellow and purple GGRWHC banner, or Willy, our suffragist dog! Parading has always mixed just plain fun with serious business. At the same time we honor the political efforts of Grand Rapids women a century ago, we use their parade model to advertise the mission of the GGRWHC today. Visible ourselves, we make our forebears visible. So join in the fun with GGRWHC--and the politicians and the fire trucks and the kids on bikes!



For fuller information, see our homepage (, call 616-574-7307 or email [email protected].


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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!