Women’s History and Resource Center
GFWC Highlights Movie
GFWC Arizona – GFWC Glendale Woman’s Club
GFWC Glendale Woman’s Club was fortunate to have a member use her video editing expertise to create a 2021 GFWC Highlights Movie that was played during their January 2022 business meeting. Instead of reading reports, club members enjoyed learning about their 2021 projects by watching a customized video. The video was posted online on the club’s YouTube channel for members to share and archive.
GFWC Florida – GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club
The WHRC committee members of the GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club organized the assembly and completion of a GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club commemorative quilt. The quilt displays squares from the various Community Service Programs, Advancement Areas, Committees, and an image of the club founder, Jane Johnson Hussar. Ten women lovingly created the squares for this special quilt. A group came together to assemble and finish the quilt. The quilt was presented to the club members at their July anniversary gathering. The beautiful quilt celebrated the club’s history, projects, and accomplishments. 117 hours were needed to complete this project.
Veteran Flag Project
GFWC Kentucky – GFWC Barbourville Junior Woman’s Study Club
The GFWC Barbourville Junior Woman’s Study Club have flags made with images of servicemembers and women from their town. The flags are on display throughout the town. The project honors veterans from the past and those who are still serving. It is an “honorable” display to all who served. The community is proud of this Woman’s Club project.
Women in History Puzzle
GFWC Massachusetts – GFWC Taunton and Raynham Junior Women’s Clubs
A GFWC Taunton and Raynham Juniors member was given a puzzle depicting several famous women in history. She had an idea to divide the pieces into baggies and sell the bags for $2.00 each to raise money for WHRC Headquarters in honor of Women’s History Month. Members purchased the bags of puzzle pieces and spent several hours assembling the puzzle. Once completed, the puzzle was sealed and framed, names of those who contributed to the puzzle were added to the back. The piece was presented to GFWC Massachusetts Headquarters on Federation Day.
Women in History
GFWC New Jersey – GFWC Woman’s Club of Caldwell
GFWC Woman’s Club of Caldwell members found a unique way of learning about women in history. The chairperson heard the U.S. Mint had initiated the American Women’s Quarters Program. The thirty-eight club members were asked to participate in a “treasure hunt,” collecting as many new quarters as possible. Biographies of the women were researched, a learning experience, as many of the historical women had been unknown to most members. 25 hours were spent on the project for 2022. Collecting the 2023 quarters was announced as the next step in the project and organizing a donation of children’s editions of the biographies to the local library.
Time Capsule Grant
GFWC Pennsylvania – GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Woman’s Club
GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Woman’s Club was awarded a grant of $500,000 to fund a “time-capsule workshop” for two hundred local school-aged children. The Blair County Historical Society sponsored the workshop. Lectures included why history is important, how to fill out a daily journal, the use of photos and artwork to document memories, etc. The grant assisted with purchasing time capsules, workbooks, envelopes, decorating time capsule supplies, etc. The partnership will give students a history of their communities to enjoy in future years.
GFWC South Carolina – The GFWC Woman’s Club of Rock Hill’s
The club’s historic clubhouse was the subject of the GFWC WHRC Committee Chairman’s article “From Coca-Cola House to Clubhouse, “ published in the Winter 2022 WHRC news. The club’s Historic Preservation Committee and the club’s President all assisted in authoring the article by providing detailed information on the house and its history.
Black History Month
GFWC Virginia – GFWC Grundy Woman’s Club
GFWC Grundy Woman’s Club celebrated Black History Month with a quiz on famous Black women. Maya Angelo is the first African American woman to have her picture on a commemorative quarter; Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black female on the U.S. Supreme Court; and Winsome Earle-Sears became the first Black GFWC Virginia Lt. Governor of GFWC Virginia. The club also studied eight of U.S. history’s most famous female doctors.
GFWC Washington – GFWC Woman’s Club of Olympia
Four members of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Olympia visited the gravesite of Abby Howard Hunt Stuart, founding member of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Olympia in 1884. Abby died in 1902 in San Francisco, where she was caring for her aunt. Her body was brought back to Olympia for burial. Members of the club met the train. Club women visiting her gravesite scrubbed the stone and cleaned the site, pledging to continue that project in her memory.
Quilt of Valor
GFWC Wyoming honored four GFWC members who are military veterans by presenting them with a Quilt of Valor. Forty-three quilters volunteered 430 hours to assemble these beautiful quilts. A ceremony was held, and those in attendance were touched by the moving ceremony celebrating the military history and experiences of the four honorees.