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Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council
Annual Reception and Program
Before and Beyond the Bricks and Mortar:
The 1908 Blodgett Home for Children and the Programs It Has Housed
Presented by: Cindy Laug & Diana Barrett
Wednesday, March 29, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
ICCF Assembly Hall (the former Blodgett Home for Children)
920 Cherry Street SE
Learn more about the program in this interview with WGVU's Shelley Irwin: Link to it here.
On Wednesday, March 29, walk through the Corinthian columns of the most significant building in Fairmount Square for GGRWHC’s celebration of Women’s History Month 2017! A short reception will begin at 5:00 pm. Very close to 5:30 pm we will conduct the world's shortest annual meeting before a program honoring nineteenth-century women who organized the children’s programs behind the 1908 construction of the Blodgett Home for Children—currently the ICCF, our host building for the day.
The early children’s programs proliferated into the twentieth century when Mary Free Bed took over the building for its rehabilitation projects. Appropriately, the GGRWHC event offers an opportunity to visit a building beautifully rehabilitated itself—and we will toast the recent 125th anniversary of the Mary Free Bed Guild, whose founding and current members were inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016.
Held in a room originally designed as an assembly hall for the children in residence, the evening’s reflection on the women of its past will be conducted by GGRWHC local historians and feature amazing period photographs. Cindy Laug will guide us from an early history of nineteenth-century children’s aid groups into the twentieth century, when the Blodgett Home for Children transformed into a foster care provider. Diana Barrett will rehearse the history of Mary Free Bed in this space and provide a brief account of the fall and recent rebirth of the building itself.
Join us for a heart-warming spring evening with GGRWHC friends, old and new, and with Cindy Laug (also Grand Valley State University & Coopersville Historical Society) and Diana Barrett, (also Grand Rapids Historical Commission). Admission is free. Please join us, but please reserve: 616-574-7307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions: The ICCF Assembly Hall is on the third floor of the current Inner City Christian Federation at 920 Cherry Street SE in Grand Rapids, west of Diamond. Parking is free on the street or at the side and back of the building. Enter either through the grand front door on the north side of the building or the back door on the south, where there is also a handicapped entrance and elevator. If necessary, call 336-9333 for help or send someone to the information desk on the second floor.
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations and Judges: Due March 21
It's a new year at the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, which means that the process has begun for selecting the 2017 class of Michigan Women's Hall of Fame inductees. If you have a woman in mind for selection to the Hall of Fame, now is the time! Nominations are due March 21st.
Nomination forms can be found on our website and can be submitted via email, post, or in person. Be sure to get them in by the due date! We send all submitted nominations to the judges immediately after the deadline.
Speaking of judges...have you thought about serving as one? It's not an easy task, but judges for the Hall of Fame are members of the public (staff has no part in selection!) who get to read each nomination and select who they believe is the most qualified to be in the Hall of Fame. There are two rounds of judging for both categories (Historical and Contemporary). You can choose which category and round you want. To volunteer to be a judge, just fill out the form on our website and we'll be in touch!
Questions about the process or need help with the nomination form? Call Caitlyn Perry Dial, interim executive director, 517-484-1880 ext. 200 or send an email.
Mary Free Bed Guild members attend the October 19 Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Award Dinner at which the Guild was recognized. More here.
The Mary Free Bed Guild will be featured at the GGRWHC March 29, 2017 Annual Reception and Program. More information and rsvp at this link.