Reading into Suffrage History
Virtual Book Discussion
Wednesday, October 21st, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Death in Ten Minutes by Fern Riddell
Free & open to the public, Watch to RSVP
Co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library &
the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council
Death in Ten Minutes is a biography of Kitty Marion, who became one of the UK’s most militant suffragettes. The book illustrates the British campaign using Kitty’s life, and it doesn’t end in 1918 when some British women got the vote. In fact, many US suffragists and UK suffragettes went on to use their skills for other causes and social movements. Kitty was no exception. We are delighted that a specialist in British women’s history will help us make connections between the sister movements. Former GVSU administrator and history professor Gretchen Galbraith will join us from her new home at SUNY Potsdam (New York), where she is dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. More here.
Prior to the shut-down, we had planned to follow our big August 26th celebration with opportunities to talk about books on suffrage history. Now the partnering groups are taking it virtual! Colleen Alles, representing the Grand Rapids Public Library, will join Gretchen Galbraith and a host for the GGRWHC. They will sketch out questions to start, but will try to keep the structure loose and also link content to the local history of Grand Rapids’ own suffragists.
Please join us even if you couldn’t finish the books. You will be inspired to keep reading! Anyone interested is welcome, but the virtual Zoom discussion will require an RSVP through EventBrite. Stay tuned!