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  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, but 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, July 25, 1891, through the Grand Rapids Kindergarten Association. Afterward, it became the
Froebel Study Club, active in child welfare interests until 1953.



   What was the beginning of the Parent Teacher Association?

The first convocation of the National Congress 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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