Maggie Walz became the “Jane Addams of Northern Michigan,” helping her fellow Finns assimilate into American society.
In Michigan, the struggle for woman suffrage spanned at least seven decades.
In 1912, Michigan native Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel.
Dr. Pearl Kendrick (1890-1980) and Dr. Grace Eldering (1900-1988) developed the first successful whooping cough vaccine in 1938. It virtually eliminated all fatalities from the disease.
One of Michigan’s most celebrated historical figures is Sara Emma Edmonds Seelye. Sara’s courageous story begins with her desire to help the Union cause in the Civil War.
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