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



April 24, 2016

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Kristin Du Mez 
Sharon Hanks 
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens 
Amy Dunham Strand 
Julie Tabberer  
Ruth Van Stee 
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Looking Ahead

Women at the Midwestern History Conference
June 1, 2016 
Hauenstein Center
at Grand Valley State University

Papers at the second annual meeting of the new Midwestern History Association will focus on all aspects regional history. Among them will be a presentation by Deirdre Toeller-Novak and Jo Ellyn Clarey representing the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council.   Going Glocal: Shifting Master Narratives with Grand Rapids Women's History will highlight area history and resources to illustrate how local history experts can enhance the work of  professional historians and promote important exchanges in the field. They will use examples of specific historical resources that professional historians would have difficulty finding, even in this digital age, without its volunteer colleagues.

Created in the fall of 2014, the Midwestern History Association is dedicated to rebuilding the field of midwestern history, which has been neglected in comparison to academic attention paid the South and West, in particular.

Sponsored by the Midwestern History Association
Click here for more conference information

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   Gert, Grace, and the Berkey & Gay Girls:  
Women, War, & Work in 1910s
March 1 Re-do)
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7 p.m.

Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Library auditorium
Co-Sponsored with the Grand Rapids Pubic Library
About 25 intrepid souls braved the snow storm on that March 1 evening to attend this program.  It's being replayed on Thursday, June 2.   For full description, click here.

Grand Rapids Public Library local history experts Julie Tabberer, Heather Edwards, and Drew Damron will each highlight the work of women during World War I.

Women at work in the furniture industry, particularly at the Berkey and Gay Company.

Grace, second from the left, and the
League of Women Voters campaign

Grace Van Hoesen and her role on the Woman's Committee of the Council on National Defense and, after the war, the League of Women Voters.

Cartoonist and illustrator Gertrude Van Houten, or Gert, who  spent some time in Washington D.C. during the war, sending back her cartoons to the Grand Rapids Press. 

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GGRWHC Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday 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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Hats off to the historical women who've shaped West Michigan!