MG 345 - Wednesday Club Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains programs for the meetings and musical presentations of the Wednesday Club from 1894 to 1984 (not all years are represented). Some of the programs are signed by the performing artist (Pons, Iturbi, Tibbett, Rachmaninoff); a booklet, "Reminiscences," written and read by Mrs. John Reily at the 20th anniversary meeting, 1902; the constitution and by-laws, 1937; a review of the achievements and objectives of the Club, 1937; bulletins, 1937-1948; newspaper clippings of club activities and events; photos and negatives.

Photos of the founding members and those who served as president during the first half century as shown in Evening News, May 14, 1932:

Mrs. William Turner (Kate Calder)

Mrs. George Husbands (Janet Cameron)

Mrs. Joshua W. Sharpe (Sara Fleming)

Mrs. Edwin Decevee (Anna Patterson)

Miss Fanny M. Eby

Mrs. Henry Boas (Sue Espy)

Mrs. William H. Eby (Emma Forney)

Mrs. Simon Cameron (Helen Markley)

Mrs. Theodore Ely (Sue M. Wierman)

Mrs. A.P.L. Dull (Helen Boyd)

Mrs. George R. Fleming (Eliza Robinson)

Miss Margaret B. Mowry

Mrs. Arthur Hull (Margaret Charles)

Miss Mary Sergeant

Mrs. William L. Keller (Berthan Raysor)

Mrs. Ehrman B. Mitchell (Alice Decevee)

Mrs. Martin W. Fager (Martha E. Snavely)

Mrs. John W. Reily (Helen Boas)

Mrs. Charles C. Stroh (Villa Baker)

Miss Mary Emily Reily

Mrs. Carl W. Davis (Ethel Torrington)

Miss Helen M. McCormick

Mrs. Frank R. Schell (Caroline Hickok)

Miss Jennie J. Dull

Mrs. Henry B. McCormick (Mary L. Boyd)

Miss Nancy Irwin Shunk

Miss Mary B. Robinson

Miss Mira Lloyd Dock

Miss Lavinia Dock

Miss Helen Bruce Wallace

Mrs. David Fleming, Jr. (Mary Curwen)

Miss Helen E. Espy

Mrs.Melancthon S. Shotwell (Caroline P. Porter)


The Wednesday Club was founded in 1882 and incorporated in 1915. The purpose of the club was to develop the musical talent of its members and stimulate musical interest in Harrisburg. Since 1921 it has provided scholarships to deserving music students of Harrisburg. In 1887 the Club began its policy of bringing famous talented musical stars to the city. The Wednesday Club continues in operation today.

Date(s): 1894-1984

Extent: 1 box, 20 folders, 84 entries, 8 entries in Photo Database