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Wednesday Morning Club collection

 Collection
Identifier: PCCLD-MSS-005

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of club documents, photographs, and scrapbooks. The documents primarily relate to the 75th Anniversary of the Wednesday Morning Club, and provide a summary of the club's history. The minute records date from 1890 to 1994. Photographs focus on the May Fetes. Scrapbooks are from 1947-2000, and include newspaper articles regarding club events. The digitized fourth scrapbook volume is found here.

Dates

  • 1890 - 2012

Biographical / Historical

The founding members of the Wednesday Morning Club met as the Chautauqua Circle, and studied the Chautauqua Scientific Scial and Reading course. In 1890, Mrs. B.T. Vincent decided to expand the group, and the Wednesday Morning Club was established as a ladies' literary club on October 1, 1890, with a membership of twelve. Vincent was the first president, and held the office for two years. During this time, membership increased to twenty.



After abandoning study of the Chautauqua course, the club developed its own course of study that focused on history and the literature of foreign countries. The club maintained this course of study for fifteen years. Members were assigned a topic and were required to give presentations during meetings. In 1914 and 1915 topics shifted to current interests.

The Wednesday Morning Club was a charter member of the Colorado Federation of Women's Clubs as well as a member of the National Federation of Women's Clubs. On March 11, 1959, the club voted to terminate its membership in the Federation of Women's Clubs.

In addition to meeting in members' homes, the club participated in civic affairs. Members helped bring the YWCA to Pueblo, raised money and brought books for the library, and worked to have the street car lines extended to City Park.

The annual tradition of the May Fete was started in 1910 when Mrs. M.D. Thathcher held a luncheon where she dressed as "fair Ann Hathaway" and others dressed as Shakespeare's characters. The club held May Fetes somewhat sporadically until 1920, when Mrs. McHarg wrote a play for members to act out. Other party themes included "gypsy, Hawaiian, pioneer, the 1890s, and various foreign countries."

Extent

3.34 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Pueblo City-County Library District Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 E Abriendo Ave
Pueblo Colorado 80910-2147 United States