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              When was Michigan PTA formed?
 The oganization 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 2nd with six units in membership.


              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. Also to work constructively for the moral and physical improvement of the school district." In 1921, the "Federation" became the Grand Rapids Council of Parent-Teach Associations and local groups adopted gradually the name "Parent Teacher Association."


      What was the first year the Naitonal Congress of Mothers came to Detroit?
                    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 of Mothers.


               Was there a predecessor to Michigan PTA?
                   The state Congress of Mothers was formed at the Hotel Cadillac, May 3 and 4, 1898. Miss Harriet Marsh was elected president. Miss Marsh formed the first mothers' club ina 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".



            Who was Miss Harriet Marsh?   

                  Miss Marsh was principal of Hancock School in Detroit and was interested in having mothers understand new educational idea. In 1984, Miss Marsh formed the first mothers' club in a public school in Michigan, possibly in the United States.     



  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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