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  Wednesday Club Formed
Brief Description:  The Wednesday Club, a Central West End Club for women that involved many intellectual pursuits, was founded in 1890. A group of women, including Mrs. Edward Sterling, initially formed a literary club entitled the Shelly Club in 1889 which met with much opposition because of Shelly´s agnostic views. Therefore they regrouped and, in 1890, met as the Wednesday Club of St. Louis. The Club had attracted more than 100 members by the end of its first year. It first met at the Union Dairy Building and then at the YMCA at Grand and Franklin. The club´s interests included art, current topics, education, literature and history, science and social economics. The Club formed ties with many state and national women´s organizations. In 1908, thanks to the generosity of Mrs. William Bixby, it was able to move into its own building, designed by St. Louis architect Theodore Link, at Westminster Place and Taylor Avenues. Eventually speakers were added to the Club´s agendas and a poetry prize was established. Tennessee Williams was one of the winners. In 1973 the Wednesday Club moved to Ladue Road.
Year:  1890
Decade:  1890 - 1899

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