Lansing, Michigan celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2009. In honor of that occasion the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame have created an exhibit, Creating a Community: The Early Women of Lansing. Among the 21 women featured in the exhibit are some that have relevance to the history of Michigan State University or are featured in collections contained the the MSU Archives.
Among the featured women is Dora Hall Stockman, who was, among many other things, the first woman elected to the State Board of Agriculture in 1919. At that time the State Board of Agriculture was the governing body for the college. While on the Board she pushed for an expansion of the curriculum to include more liberal arts. Another woman featured in the exhibit with an MSU connection is Kate Marvin Kedzie. She was married to Frank S. Kedzie, the 8th president of MSU. A photograph from the MSU Archives of Kate Kedzie is featured in the exhibit, as are materials from the MSU Museum relating to Dora Hall Stockman.
Another woman featured in the exhibit is Metta Woodward Olds, who was the wife of Ransom E. Olds. Metta Olds was dedicated to helping others and encouraged her husband to contribute to a number of women’s organizations. The papers of Ransom E. Olds are in the MSU Archives.
For more information on the exhibit, please visit the website of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame: http://www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org