News & Updates

Important Dates for Local History Fans to Save!

Marcella Beck to tell story of GR first female architect, Fannie Boylon.

An important date for local history fans to save is Saturday, January 17, 2015. An award-winning event returns to the Grand Rapids Public Library—History Detectives. Again this year the GGRWHC will be among the sponsors. The other sponsors include the GRPL, the Grand Rapids Historical Commission, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Grand Rapids Historical Society, and the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.      

The GGRWHC will sponsor Marcella Beck from 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Ms. Beck’s presentation is titled Fannie Boylon: The Legacy of Grand Rapids’ First Female Home Designer.

More details are found in the History Detectives 2015 brochure

In Process: Digitizing World War I Women's Registration Cards from Grand Rapids

A sample WWI Women's Registration Card from GR. The digitization project of these cards needs some volunteers.

For a number of years, the GGRWHC has been updating you about the status of the digitization of Grand Rapids' unique collection of women's WWI registration cards. The history of this collection in a nutshell is: At the end of April 1918, Grand Rapids volunteers for the Woman's Committee of the Council on National Defense participated in a national survey, collecting data about area women who registered for home front service during World War I. They recorded personal information about interests and skills that could be useful to the war effort. Over 23,000 of these registration cards were completed. . . . 

February Membership Drive

The week of February 1, 2015, check your snail mail or email for our annual membership letter. This letter will bring you important news about our activities and achievements to date and ways to renew your membership or to become a new member.We look forward to hearing from you then. Remember that March is Women's History Month, always a good time to recall and support the research and programs that honor local, historical women. And we thank you always for your present and past support of GGRWHC!