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Meet Shirley Prygoski, a Wyandotte Woman of the Year

Women of Wyandotte is honoring 10 women during a Feb. 18 gala at the Wyandotte Arts Center.

Ten Wyandotte women are being honored as a Woman of the Year by , a nonprofit group that aims to empower women to excel.

The honorees will be recognized during at the .

Each day leading up to the event, Wyandotte Patch will introduce you to one of the honorees. Event organizers opted to share only a small portion of each woman's story, saying they wanted to reveal the rest at their gala.

Today, we introduce you to Shirley Prygoski:

Shirley is married to Ken and the couple has three children, Allyson, Scott and Vince, and four grandchildren, Abby, Alicia, Michael and David. Shirley has donated thousands of hours to promoting Wyandotte history, whether through her work at or elsewhere. She spearheaded the establishment of Frostic Field, which houses the Gwen Frostic Sculpture in honor of the late artist, poet, philosopher, naturalist, motivational speaker and member of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Shirley also has raised money to establish a hands-on child’s library room in the museum. The room will be housed on the second floor of the and will feature a reproduction Victorian child’s bedroom where children will be able to touch and play with many artifacts. Because of her years of dedication, Shirley was designated as a lifetime member of the Wyandotte Historical Society.

Meet the Other Honorees:

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was corrected at 2:39 p.m. Feb. 15 to include Vince as one of Shirley's Prygoski's children.

Sarah Pettigrew February 15, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Shirley, can't wait to bring my children to the children's room at the museum someday! I didn't realize you were so active with the Frostic Field -- my great aunt was a friend and I've always loved her work! Well done!
Joy February 15, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Shirley is an amazing person. I first knew her as a patient, calm professional as an educator in Riverview. I was so impressed with her then and that feeling was magnified as I watched her creative and patient work at the museum. Shirley has such a wonderful way with people and an abundance of energy to share with her museum friends.
Shirley Prygoski February 15, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Shirley Prygoski Our children Scott and Allyson were probably mentioned in the article above because they and their children have tickets for the Saturday Gala. We do however have an older son named Vince who unfortunately is unable to attend due to a prior commitment. All three are proud graduates of Wyandotte Roosevelt High School!
John Hetzler (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Thank you for pointing that out Shirley. We've corrected the story.
Women of Wyandotte February 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Our sincere apologies for leaving out the information on Shirley and Ken's children. We appreciate the kindness of the Editor of Patch to handle our error. We look forward to the celebration this Saturday as we celebrate the life of 12 beautiful and honorable Women.

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