1876 – Woman’s Club of Wisconsin Organized

On this date the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin was organized. Several prominent Milwaukee women convened at the home of Mrs. Alex Mitchell to hear Julia Ward Howe, then president of the New England Women’s Club of Boston, speak on the virtues of organizing such a club. The Club aimed to "elevate and purify civilization . . . by inciting women to intellectual and moral culture, careful study of the practical arts of common life." Meeting topics included art, history, cooking, training for nurses, reform work, and various charities. Mrs. William P. Lynde was the first acting chairperson of this club. The club’s archives are described at . [Source: by James S. Buck, p.124]