“Work A While” (W.A.W) Club, Records of

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“Work A While” (W.A.W) Club, Records of


  • 1926-1986 (Creation)


1 – 12 x 5 document case
1 – 10 ½ x 12 ½ blue-gray box

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Background Note: The “Work A While” (W.A.W.) Club was organized by Martine Erickson and Pearle Clark in 1926 in the spirit of “mutual help and sociability”. The first meeting was held on May 19, 1926, and the decision was made to limit the membership to 15 women with dues of 25 cents per year. Meetings were held at 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month with the intention of doing sewing for the hostess or for any worthwhile cause in the community. The name of the club was selected at the group’s second meeting. Meetings featured discussion topics of general interest, and quilts were often made as gifts, with baskets for needy families being prepared especially during the Christmas holidays. Although meeting days changed and dues increased over the years, the purpose of the club remained constant.

The W.A.W. club elected to disband in 1984 because many of the members had accepted employment in the community.

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Donated by: Sue McDonough

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Name of Preparer: D. Lalonde
Date of Preparation: 4/2/2012

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