Name of book: “Women of the Grand Their Legacy”
Author: Wallace K. Ewing, Ph.D.
Literary genre: Local history
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Synopsis of the book:
The lives of 62 women from the Grand Haven area are sketched in this book. They filled varied and challenging roles from the early years, when Michigan was a territory, to the time of high-tech innovations. Whether fur trader, pioneer, entrepreneur, educator, artist, or community servant, these women continually displayed courage, ingenuity, creativity, and tenacity in meeting their personal goals and helping others meet theirs. The narrative begins with Madame La Framboise, who walked the wooded trails of West Michigan in the early 1800s and earned a fortune trading furs, and it continues through the decades to tell the stories of women who owned and operated flourishing businesses, provided medical services, filled government positions, or served the community in some way, all while many of them were managing households and raising children. Intertwined throughout the narrative is the history of our community on Grand River. The river serves as a metaphor that unites this select group of women.
Why did you write the book?
The women in this book contributed significantly to our history and to the quality of life that we enjoy today. Their contributions often are overlooked. Life along the Grand is better because of them. Their importance needed to be noted and shared.
Author's thoughts about the book:
Grand Haven history is endlessly fascinating, especially its people. While writing “Women of the Grand,” I learned how much impact the lives of these 62 women had on local history. I am equally excited about sharing their stories with others. Grand Haven’s mayor, Geri McCaleb, wrote the introduction to the book.
About the author:
Wallace K. Ewing earned his bachelor and master degrees from Michigan State University and his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. He was appointed to a Fulbright Lectureship at the University of Tehran in Iran, taught Peace Corps volunteers in West Africa, and trained master degree candidates in Puerto Rico to teach English in the public schools. After serving as Provost of Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, he returned to his hometown of Grand Haven. After a year in China teaching English, Dr. Ewing returned home and continued to research and write. He is the author of more than 20 books, most of them focused on the history of Northwest Ottawa County.