Memorial Day Closing, Monday, May 28, 2018

Special Collections & Archives will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Memorial Day is a national holiday to commemorate the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. SC&A will open again on Tuesday morning, May 29, at 8:30am. Please have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Memorial Day illustration from the Wright Brothers' newspaper, The Evening Item, May 24, 1890.

Memorial Day illustration from the Wright Brothers’ newspaper, The Evening Item, May 24, 1890.

The Evening Item and other Wright newspapers can be viewed by visiting CORE Scholar.

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College Women’s Club: Women Uniting for a Purpose

Emily Reth is a graduate of the Wright State University Public History program and completed her capstone project with SC&A in the spring of 2018.

College Women’s Club of Dayton (MS-315)

The College Women’s Club is said to have started when a young woman, who had graduated from college, was in search of a new social club. After speaking to Dr. Gertrude Felker and Dr. Eleanora Everhard about her search, the ladies started a club to bring college women together in March 1907. Eighteen charter members began the club and thirty-eight women attended the first meeting. Notable members of the club include Katharine Wright, who would later serve as the president in 1910.

The College Women’s Club of Dayton was one of the four founding members of the Dayton Federation of Women. Members, encouraged to serve their community, distinguished themselves in the mid-1920s as the sponsors of a settlement house in the West Dayton Hungarian neighborhood, donated a surgical dressing unit during World War I, and made financial contributions to several local welfare causes, in addition to their on-going goal to foster an interest in higher education through a scholarship fund.

Original members organized themselves into interest groups, called Study Groups, to promote more intimate friendships and to provide programs of specialized interest. The club spoke about arts, drama, cooking, gardening, music, education, travel, government, and war prevention.

Today the College Women’s Club is still active, providing classes to the public promoting higher education and financial planning. Their building served as the first meeting place for groups such as the Dayton chapter of the Junior League. The College Women’s Club became a staple for the ladies of Dayton, uniting them in their mission to support and empower women of the community.

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Women’s Suffrage Cemetery Tour

Emily Reth is a graduate of the Wright State University Public History program and completed her capstone project with SC&A in the spring of 2018.

Look for some of the suffragists’ graves at Woodland Cemetery! Woodland currently holds a variety of tours which are free to the public. To access a full listing of their tours visit their website.

Entrance to Historic Woodland Cemetery (from MS-414 Woodland Cemetery Collection)

Entrance to Historic Woodland Cemetery (from MS-414 Woodland Cemetery Collection)

The Women of Woodland Cemetery Tour is offered throughout the year and available upon request. Visitors can follow Woodland Cemetery on Facebook for content and programing focus on the lives of those buried within Woodland or access their app to create a self- guided tour.

Women’s Suffrage Cemetery Tour:

Portrait of Katharine Wright by Jane Reece, 1914

Portrait of Katharine Wright by Jane Reece, 1914

Katharine Wright Haskell (1874 – 1929), sister of the Wright Brothers, was a supporter of women’s rights.  In her letters to friends and family, she emphasized the importance of obtaining the vote and equal standing in society.

Plot- section 101
Lot 2533
Memorial ID- 31769874

Katherine Kennedy Brown (1891-1986) was a fierce political advocate and an active member of Dayton politics. Through her memberships with multiple women’s clubs and organizations, she spread her views regarding women’s suffrage.

Plot- Section 101
Lot/Columbarium: 1724
Part/Column: SW 1/4
Grave: 1

Martha McClellan Brown (1802-1916), wife of Rev. William Kennedy Brown, she spoke around the country about the temperance and suffragist movements.

Section 111
Lot/Columbarium: 3009
Tier/Maus Sec: 6
Grave: 1

Ruth Herr, DDN Archive (MS-458)

Ruth Herr (1897-1985), art teacher for the Dayton and Oakwood schools, promoted equal rights and was a member of the National Women’s Party.

Section 109
Lot/Columbarium: 2735
Part/Column: N 1/2
Grave: 1

Electra C. Doren (1861-1927), suffragist who’s passion for library science propelled the incorporation of the Dewey Decimal System in Dayton Libraries.

Section: 101
Lot: 1724

Special Collections & Archives is home to the Woodland Cemetery Collection, 1841-2010 (MS-414). The collection can viewed by visiting the reading room located on the 4th floor of Dunbar Library. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5pm.

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