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Centennial Celebration! - 2018
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       In 2018,
Michigan PTA Celebrates
100 Years of Advocating
on Behalf of Children
and Families
and Supporting Parent
Groups Across the State.

 

100 Weeks of Fascinating Facts About Michigan PTA: 

#15 Who was the first Michigan PTA President to become President of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers?

Mrs. J.K. Pettengill in 1937; she had been Michigan PTA President from 1928-1932. In addition, Mr. Victor Spathelf, State Chairman of Juvenile Protection, was a district representative for the National Congress.

#14 How was the 20th Anniversary of PTA celebrated in 1938?

All past presidents gathered at the convention held in Battle Creek. There were more than 80,000 members in Michigan PTA in 1938.

#13 What was the focus of President Mrs. William T. Sanders’ administration, 1935-1939?

The outstanding trend was recognition that juvenile delinquency is a community responsibility, and that good programs of child protection can prevent it. Cooperation among all  social agencies occurred. Support was given to legislation affecting welfare and civil service in Michigan

#12 How was PTA promoted in the 1930's?

PTA week was celebrated in October simultaneously with the membership enrollment. There were Parent Education broadcasts by the University of Michigan, and at least seven Councils had their own broadcasts emphasizing parent-teacher work, parent-education, schools, and community projects.

#11 When did Michigan Parent Teacher Association establish a State Office?

In 1937, the State Office was established with Mrs. E. L. Church as office secretary.

#10 What year was the first time the annual convention had on thousand delegates?

In 1926, in Holland, there were 1,000 delegates.

The next year in Flint, the first Men's Breakfast was held.  The convention theme that year was "Trained Leadership, Informed Membership."

#9  What was the focus of the work of the Michigan Congress of Parents and Teachers in the first year?

Programs emphasizing health and recreation for every child and the Back to School drive took place.  There was a resolution adopted urging the legislature in Michigan to provide adequate health training in all the schools of the state.  They also approved a bill pending in Congress to create a department of education with its secretary a member of the President's cabinet.

#8  Who was the firs president of the Michigan Congress?

Mrs. Charles Stewart of Battle Creek was elected as the first president in 1918.  She served from 1918 to 1921.  The second convention was in Holland.  There were 3,000 members when the Congress was one year old.

#7  When was Michigan PTA formed?

The organizational meeting of the Michigan Congress in Battle Creek took place May 19, 1918. Shortly after the Michigan Congress formed, the Detroit Council formed on July 2 with six units in membership.

#6  Were there Councils formed before the Michigan Congress was formed?

Yes! The first "Council", under the name of Grand Rapids Federation of School Associations, was formed on November 14, 1913 to “secure united strength and cooperation in promoting the best interests of the child, home, and school" and to "work constructively for the moral and physical improvement of the school district.” In 1921, the “Federation” became the Grand Rapids Council of Parent-Teacher Associations and local groups adopted gradually the name “Parent Teacher Association.”

Holland Council was the second to be formed in 1914. Port Huron Council was formed in 1916 and Battle Creek formed in 1918.

#5  What was the first year the National Congress of Mothers came to Detroit?

1903. There was a close relationship between the State Congress and the National Congress. Miss Marsh of the State Congress was on the Board of Managers of the National Congress.

#4​ Was there a predecessor to Michigan PTA?

The State Congress of Mothers was formed at the Hotel Cadillac, May 3 and 4,1898 and Miss Harriet Marsh was elected president. Miss Marsh formed the first mothers’ club in a public school and then attended the first National Congress of Mothers in 1897. She said it was a necessity to provide for the “welfare of the younger generation”. 

#3  Who was Miss Harriet Marsh?

Miss Marsh was principal of Hancock School in Detroit and was interested in having mothers understand new educational ideas. In 1894, Miss Marsh formed the first mothers’ club in a public school in Michigan, possibly the first in the United States.

#2​  What were the beginnings of PTA in Michigan?

Michigan began its Mothers’ Clubs before the National Congress of Mothers was formed. Grand Rapids was the first Mothers’ Club and shortly after clubs formed in Battle Creek and Detroit. The original club, according to our records, was formed under the inspiration of Mrs. Lucretia Willard Treat of Chicago on July 25, 1891, through the Grand Rapids Kindergarten Association. Afterward, it became the Froebel Study Club, active in child welfare interests until 1953.

#1​  What was the beginning of the Parent Teacher Association?

The first convocation of the National Congress of of Mothers was held on February 17, 1897, in Washington D.C. More than 2,000 people attended - mostly mothers, but also fathers, teachers laborers and legislators. Twenty years later, 37 chartered state congresses existed. 


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