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A GGRWHC Writing Bee!

Join GGRWHC at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015, for something like a quilting bee! We will be stitching together summaries of oral history transcripts for posting on our website. Don’t worry if you don’t “sew”! We have directions! First, please check the list of the Council’s collection of 1990s interviews at our-projects, where you can also see a few models of summaries already finished. Here is one for the late Lillian Gill.

To finish the summarizing project we will meet on October 17 in the gazebo area at the northern end of Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus (Building C). After entering from Winter Ave., where there is convenient, free parking, please meet in front of Starbucks on the first floor. Let us know you are coming by emailing,, or calling, 616.574.7307. . . .

Spirited Women: Grand Rapids and the Push for Temperance

GGRWHC board member Julie Tabberer is one presenter for the November program.

Supplementing the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s exhibit, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, on November 17 the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council will look at the local scene during 13 years of speakeasies and bathtub gin. Moreover, it will review the roles of area women in the massive social movements surrounding the years 1920 - 1933.

In Spirited Women: Grand Rapids and the Push for Temperance, GGRWHC board members Ruth Van Stee and Julie Tabberer will illustrate how the histories of both the “True Woman” of the 19th century and the “New Woman” of the Jazz Age contributed to the long foreground of Grand Rapids as “Beer City USA.” And these women have complicated stories! For example, one surprise may be that the first alcohol to be purchased in Kent County, following the repeal of Prohibition, was made by a feminist activist involved in prohibition reform and Michigan temperance education. On December 30, 1933, Dorothy Smith McAllister bought the first bottle of champagne to celebrate a new year and new life after the failed social experiment. Michigan was, in fact, the first state to vote for the repeal . . .

2015 Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

2015 MWHOF Inductees. Respresenting W. MI., Linda M. Woods, MSW, from Traverse City, MI (bottom row on right).

The 32nd Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Awards Dinner & Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 29, at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center (55 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing). The ceremony begins with a reception at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and the awards presentation at 7 p.m. Reservations are $135 for members or $150 for non-members (and include a one-year membership) and can be made online at or by calling 517-484-1880 x203 . . . .