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Reviewing 2013: Office Move
Thanks to GRCC and Irwin Seating Company!
Preceding its anniversary year, the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council reviewed paper evidence of 25 years of activity: three four-drawer filing cabinets full!
Intermixed with 2013 celebrations of the past and planning for the future, GGRWHC shifted all that paper—as well as the rest of our office. We will report soon on our archiving plans, but at the end of this eventful year we thank the Grand Rapids Community College, which provided much-needed office space for fifteen years, and Irwin Seating Company, which graciously offered us a new home. Above and beyond, the GRCC drove our packed materials across town, and Irwin Seating Company offered muscle and technical help as we settled in.
While we do not staff the office space regularly, having a “home” helps our ever-shifting volunteer group maintain identity, not to mention its materials. It makes group effort easier, aids the process of rewriting local history, unearthing and distributing information about the little-known but significant roles played by women in the development of our community.
GGRWHC offers sincere thanks to GRCC and Irwin Seating Company at the beginning of its next 25 years!
GR History Detectives Wins State Award
GGRWHC & the Winning Consortium
At its annual fall conference the Historical Society of Michigan awards individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions preserving and presenting Michigan history. This year Grand Rapids’ History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History won the 2013 State History Award for Special Programs.
Grand Rapids’ “History Detectives” is loosely based on the PBS program and has featured area historians exploring Grand Rapids’ past every January since 2008. Hosted by the History and Special Collections Department of the Grand Rapids Public Library, the day-long event is sponsored by a consortium of Grand Rapids history organizations, including the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s Council. Joining the GGRWHC and GRPL are the Grand Rapids Historical Commission, the Grand Rapids Historical Society, the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History, and the Grand Rapids Civil War Roundtable.
Founded in 1828, the Historical Society of Michigan is the state’s oldest cultural organization dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan’s historical story. For full information, see www.hsmichigan.org.
GGRWHC’s History with HSofM Awards
In 2000 the GGRWHC won a State History Award for Legacy, a 1990s triennial Women’s History Month extravaganza, and for the 1999 centennial celebration of the 1899 meeting in Grand Rapids of NAWSA, the National American Woman Suffrage Association. If you can’t remember who brought Susan B. Anthony to town that year, see http://www.ggrwhc.org/proj-ketcham.php. And for a reminder that dynamo EBK was nevertheless thoroughly forgotten until recently, even by her family, see http://www.grmag.com/features/04-05/04-05.htm.
National Women's History Project Monthly Calendar
The National Women’s History Project was founded in 1980 to broadcast women’s historical achievements. It started by leading a coalition that lobbied Congress to designate March as National Women’s History Month, now celebrated across the land. Today, the NWHP is a major clearinghouse, providing information and training for anyone wanting to expand their understanding of women's contributions to U. S. history. A gift from NWHP for December: Women's History Highlights and Birthdays.
Related Documents:National Womens' History Project December Calendar
Walk for Grand Rapids Women's History!
Legacy Landmarks: Walking with Women Who Left their Mark on Grand Rapids is a brochure produced by Marcie Beck. The walking tour includes a selection of historical landmarks important to women in the downtown area--the Ladies Literary Club and St. Cecilia's, certainly; but 22 Prospect? Find out why! The brochure has been reprinted by the Grand Rapids Public Library and is available in its downtown branch. It is also available for upload here: http://www.ggrwhc.org/uploads/files/LegacyLandmarks-brochure.pdf.
Here is some 2010 publicity:
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GGRWHC Annual Meeting & Bylaws
Recently our annual meetings have been the last day of March. Mark your calendars and take a look at the GGRWHC bylaws.
Related Documents:GGRWHC Bylaws
The Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council is dedicated to educating the community and celebrating the legacies of local women, preserving knowledge of their past, and inspiring visions for their future.