Monday, October 12, 2015

Tika & Women's Clubs

I was honored to be one of the four presenters at the Autumn Quest last Saturday, an annual all-day event sponsored by the Heritage Quest Research Library.  While Tika could not make the 5-hour drive from Spokane to Sumner, I left her in good hands.

My topic was one I'd never seen presented before...... Women's Club, Societies & Organizations. 

I began by musing that we, today, join clubs, societies and organizations so why would we think out lady ancestors were any different? They in their day, as do we in our day, joined groups that reflected or enhanced their lifestyle.

How do we know our lady ancestors joined clubs? We see the evidence in their grave markers, obituaries, cookbooks, pieces of clothing, photographs, jewelry, photos and certificates.

Once we realize that our lady ancestor did belong to a group, then we can go looking for any extant records of that group. Who knows what we'll find?

Back home, I assured Tika that I was a card-carrying member of the Dachshund Lovers Club for sure! No meetings, no dues, no handshakes, no certificates, etc. etc. but there are dachshund T-shirts abounding!

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