The award-winning History Detectives Grand Rapids program sponsored by local heritage organizations is back! This year, History Detectives will launch their new Youtube Channel on January 22, 2022!
Eight pre-recorded programs ranging from the shores of Lake Michigan through Grand Rapids to the State Library in Lansing. You will be able to view these programs starting January 22, 2022 at whatever time is convenient to you!
Members of the Greater Grand Rapids Womens History Council will be presenting Unearthing an Army of Women: Diversity in Our WWI Women’s Registration Cards. Join Ruth Stevens, GRCC’s own Sophia Brewer, Andrea Riley Mukavetz, and Sue Thoms to learn about the historical nuggets that can be found in an astonishing new resource. Collected in 1918, Kent County’s 23,000 WWI women’s registration cards are available on a searchable database, ready to reveal the diversity of women volunteers who crossed class, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries to create, inadvertently, a mine of treasures not limited to Grand Rapids. Sociological, historical, and geographic veins remain largely unexplored. The presenters will highlight individuals and clusters of African American, Native American, and working women to illustrate what the cards can provide state- and nation-wide researchers; as well as fascinating tips on searching: “journalist” was not used, but “Indian” was. Tune in to explore the skills, held or desired, of a forgotten front line.
Click the brochure pages below to learn more about other programs premiering that same day.