Riverside Culture Club records
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Newspaper clippings, from 1918 through 1975, mostly describe club meetings and the special topics presented at each. Earlier news clippings contain a more detailed description of program topics. Also included in the collection is the short story, Mother Julia, written by a few of the members and published in The Muncie Sunday Star in September 1934. Club elections, book reviews, foreign travel, club anniversaries, and obituaries of members make up the remainder of the news clippings.
Annual yearbooks, dating from 1907 through 1974, provide a brief description of the themes for each meeting and list both local and corresponding members of the club. Five scrapbooks, ranging from 1902 through 1962, include a wide variety of materials such as news clippings, photographs, memorials, programs and duplicate copies of yearbooks. In the miscellaneous folder is a list of charter members in 1902, a program hand-out of a 1919 musical presented by the club, a few writings from club members, a list of the club's study themes for 1934, several loose reports of club minutes, and two similar pamphlets entitled Mary Stewart’s Collect.
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In 1904, the club became a member of the Delaware County Federation of Clubs. In 1905, it adopted its first constitution. According to the constitution, objectives of the club were the promotion of intellectual and social improvement of its members and the assistance in civic and welfare interests of the community. It was decided that meetings would be held every two weeks on Wednesdays. The club joined the Indiana State Federation of Women's Clubs in 1906.
During the first ten years, members presented programs on topics such as travel, religion, domestic science, art, various women throughout the ages, and parliamentary procedure. However, literature was the most heavily discussed subject during most of the meetings. Often members read books or papers and gave reviews of these works.
Throughout its existence, the group made financial contributions to causes such as the Visiting Nurse Association, the New Castle Hospital, the Red Cross, and the Camp Isanogel Fund. During the late 1950's and early 1960's, the club sold goods made by the Board of Industrial Aid and Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind. Members also did sewing at Ball Memorial Hospital and made cancer pads for the Cancer Society as community projects. Other club activities included luncheons, tours, plays, holiday celebrations, and annual picnics and anniversary parties.
The club disbanded in 1975 due to the aging membership. This collection was donated by Mrs. John Lewellen, daughter of the last president of the club, Julia M. Harris.
2.4 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)
Series 1: Riverside Culture Club records, 1948-1974
Series 2: Riverside Culture Club constitution and bylaws, 1923-1976
Series 3: Riverside Culture Club financial records, 1922-1965
Series 4: Riverside Culture Club histories, 1926-1963
Series 5: Riverside Culture Club minutes, 1913-1975
Series 6: Riverside Culture Club newspaper clippings, 1918-1975
Series 7: Riverside Culture Club programs, 1921-1969
Series 8: Riverside Culture Club yearbooks, 1919-1971
Series 9: Riverside Culture Club scrapbooks, 1902-1962
Series 10: Riverside Culture Club photographs, 1949-1952
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