The Woman's Monday Club held its first meeting in England and still exists there today. The importance of studying this type of organization includes its long life. Few women's organizations can claim more than a century's worth of action with detailed records to account for their activities. This club's metamorphosis from a small reading group to a powerful political voice is one example of the changes society and women have gone through over the past 100 years.
The Monday Club was organized in Ticonderoga just prior to 1908. They held monthly meetings, a memorable art exhibit, and an annual guest night and banquet. They raised monies with their bridge parties and other events, and in 1914 presented our hospital with a wheel and carry stretcher. During the 1930s they made donations to the Black Watch Library in the amount of $35, helped with $10 to purchase band uniforms for the high school band and offered $100 for the proposed band stand planned for the east lawn of the community building, This was never built.
During the war years, Mrs. Harry Winterbottom was chairwoman, and funds were raised for charitable war projects and also the polio fund. The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Monday Club was celebrated in 1946 with two charter members still present: Mrs. Sheridan Burleigh and Mrs. Harry Winterbottom. Very little is known about this group after WWII.
This series of articles is compliments of Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, located in the 1888 building at the entrance of Bicentennial Park.