Michigan Women Making History - 5:17
with Dr. Caitlyn Perry Dial, Executive Director of the Michigan Women's Historical Center & Hall of Fame
Posted Feb 20, 2018
The Michigan Women's Studies Association (MWSA), an academic professional organization, was founded in 1973 on the campus of Michigan State University to change what is thought and taught about women, particularly Michigan women, in schools, colleges, and universities. As an extension of that mission, the organization decided to establish a museum dedicated to women's history: the first of its kind in the nation. To house the museum, MWSA acquired a lease on the city-owned Cooley-Haze House in 1980 on the condition that the building be brought up to code. By 1986, $180,000 had been raised in building funds and work was begun on the renovation. The Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame was dedicated and opened to the public on June 10, 1987, the anniversary date of Michigan's ratification of the Women's Suffrage Amendment. Since the opening, the Historical Center has encouraged Lansing's efforts to restore Cooley Gardens, and is now surrounded by a beautiful garden and picnic area. The Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame displays cultural and historical exhibits on the accomplishments of Michigan women and maintains a library of materials on this subject. Its Friends group serves as a source of volunteers and as a fundraising organization. Every October, an MWSA benefit honors new inductees to the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. Between eight and twelve women, past and present, are welcomed into the Hall each year. Plaques honoring those women are displayed in the Historical Center's Hall of Fame Gallery. Past honorees include former Lieutenant Governor Connie Binsfeld, Grace Lee Boggs, Betty Ford, Aretha Franklin, Gwen Frostic, Former Governor Jennifer Granholm, Rosa Parks, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Helen Thomas, Lily Tomlin, and Mother Waddles.
Hosted by: Laurel Hess Produced by: Heartland Newsmakers Team

Other videos hosted by Laurel Hess

Helping Under Employed Adults

The WMCAT Adult Career Training program offers under and unemployed men and women the opportunity to learn a new career, while growing personally and professionally. Their small class sizes, deep impact and extra services move adults toward new careers in the medical coding, medical billing and pharmacy technician fields. These are careers that pay living wages, may offer benefits, and provide opportunity for career advancement.
Loading...
Type a keyword and press enter to search