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Roberta Griffith, Visionary

Roberta Griffith at her desk.

Despite having lost her sight as an infant, Roberta Griffith led an extraordinary life on national, state, and local levels. Griffith was born in 1870 and was 10 years older than Helen Keller. Working together on more than one occasion, they travelled the country with others, seeking to improve the services for the blind. Before moving to Grand Rapids, Griffith graduated from Case Western Reserve University and embarked on a career in journalism. In Grand Rapids, she began a new career in real estate at the same time she developed her own version of a braille system and produced a dictionary for the blind. Griffith never lost her determination to learn, create, and help others. In 1913, she founded the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and served as secretary until her death in 1941. 

Former city historian Gordon Olson will review the life and work of this extraordinary local woman . . .

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!