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Then & Now: The Women's Club 1928

The Women's Club on Park Avenue West

It was the home of Mr. & Mrs. Hedges since the 1840s, but Henry passed in 1914 and a decade later when his wife Lucretia left the earth she stipulated in her will that the house was to become the home for the Mansfield Federated Women’s Club.

For almost 90 years the Women’s Club hosted countless meetings of many, many different women’s groups including Tourist Club, Sappho Club, some garden clubs, Sorosis Club, Charity Club, and bridge clubs too many to count.

Ever the gracious hostess, the matronly old structure welcomed ladies for luncheons, dinners, teas, service meetings, piano recitals.

In 1952 a big east wing was added for larger assemblies and more food, and for the next generation it seemed as if this beating heart of women’s organizations in the area would remain strong and vital forever.

But we all age—even the building began showing the years—as the structure of society changes, and wave after wave of women’s clubs have faded from our community and passed into the past.

Then & Now: The Women's Club

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Sunday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.