Do you want to join local and nationwide communities supporting women’s voices and concerns? Are you interested in creating history in gender and women’s rights?
The MacCurdy House is not only a themed small housing option for women leaders enthusiastic about social activism but also a resource center with information about women’s and gender rights, events, scholarships and history.
MacCurdy House members take leadership in these roles of activism, learning, and community building:
- Housing a collective library of literary and media materials and various resources concerning professional associations, conferences, scholarships, and events.
- Providing a place for meetings, study, receptions, and small programs to promote interactions among students, faculty, staff, and the Alma community.
- Creating and coordinating volunteer opportunities for students who are interested in enhancing the advancement of women.
- Furnishing a space for the exhibition of women’s artwork and portraits of significant women in history to highlight their many achievements.
The house is named for former Alma College librarian Helen MacCurdy, who left her residence to the college. Her family supported the idea of turning it into a women’s center on campus.
Since the house was renovated in 1992, it has continued to enjoy support from faculty around the state. Retired MSU women’s studies coordinator Dr. Joanne Rettke donated a sizable collection of books and other resource materials to the house.
Since its creation, the house has served as a place to host speakers and writers, including Lucille Clifton, Eve Ensler and Dorothy Allison.
Contact the MacCurdy House Advisor