In the Community
June 1, 2016, Midwestern History Association Conference:
"Finding the Lost Region" at the GVSU Hauenstein Center
Sponsored by the Midwestern History Association and the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University.
Full conference information and registration here.
The conference is free, but you need to register in order to assure your seat.
On June 1st, meet academic specialists in midwestern history and learn more about the broader context within which our area history exists. Panels will cover topics from 18th-century mdiwestern political history to the contemporary literature of the Rust Belt. Speakers will come from universities across the Midwest and nation—as well as from the Grand Rapids local history community.
Created in the fall of 2014, the Midwestern History Association is dedicated to rebuilding a field neglected in recent decades. At the same time academic historians have focused on the South and the West, in preference to the Midwest, local historians across the region have been tending the flame—as will be demonstrated by a panel from the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council.
Co-sponsored for the second year by the Hauenstein Center at GVSU, the next step of the MHA will be taken on June 1st in Grand Rapids. Admission to the day-long conference is free and open to the public, so plan to attend! Full information on keynote speakers and paper presentations can be found here. *** This event is free and open to the public, but RESERVE!
The GGRWHC panel, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm, 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:
Going Glocal: Shifting Master Narratives Through Grand Rapids Women's History will highlight area history and resources to illustrate how local experts can enhance the work of professional historians and promote important exchanges in the field. They will share historical resources that professional historians would have difficulty finding, even in this digital age, without its volunteer colleagues, including:
Mining the Mother Lode: Women's WWI Registration Cards and The Council of National Defense: Anita Anthony-Van Orsdal, Michigan State University/Grand Valley State University
- Creating a Resource: A Unique Record of Women's Elective History: Deirdre Toeller-Novak, Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council
- Fighting Faulty Assumptions about 1890s Women and Their Clubs, Black and White: Jo Ellyn Clarey, Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council