Midwestern History Association

jun 7

Grand Valley State University, L.V. Eberhard Center, 301 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids MI 49504    map

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR JUNE 7!  Agricultural History Society, June 8 - 10!
GGRWHC will offer one of the panel presentations on June 7.

The Midwestern History Association conference will return to Grand Rapids on June 7th, courtesy of GVSU Hauenstein Center sponsorship. The third meeting of this new organization will occur immediately before the national conference of a much older group, the Agricultural History Society, meeting here June 8-10. Both groups will highlight the agricultural and rural history of the American Midwest, as will a Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council panel engaging the AHS’s theme “Who is a farmer?” Using specific examples of rural and urban midwestern women organized during wartime by the 1917 Woman’s Committee of the U.S. Council of National of Defense, its state and local representatives, we will provide an overview of national wartime food programs run by women as well as fascinating detail in on-the-ground reports featuring urban Grand Rapids and rural Jasper County, Indiana.


The new MHA encourages increased attention by academic historians to midwestern subjects, at the same time local historians continue to tend the flame—as will be demonstrated once again by the GGRWHC panel. Stay tuned for information about keynote speakers and paper presentations by specialists in midwestern history and learn more about the broader context within which our area’s history exists. Panels will cover topics from 18th-century mdwestern political history to the contemporary literature of the Rust Belt. Admission to the day-long conference will be free and open to the public. Plan to attend!