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TitleCulture Club
DescriptionPages of notes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood from an interview with Mrs. David Garnett. These notes are about the Culture Club, a social and literary group within the African American community in Galesburg, Illinois. The notes detail the history and activities of the club and list club members. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Subject (LCSH)Illinois Association of Colored Women;
Named PersonGarnett, Mrs. David;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 8)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2010-04-23
TranscriptMrs. David Garnett
Grand Ave.
Culture Club (1)

Nov. 19, 1909 org. here at
1089 Grand Ave. Mrs. Dayse
W. Booker. Original no.
incl. Mrs. B. was 14.
Mrs. Addie Garnett 1st pres.
Mrs. Ada Davis, Chm. lookout committee
Mrs. Ella Brown (life member)
Mrs. Georgia Fletcher Pres. 1936
Mrs. Laura Beckley
Mrs. Mattie Thompson
Mrs. Mayme Patton
Mrs. Margaret McBride
Mrs. Eva Welcome Carter (deceased
Mrs. Cora King
Mrs. Zenobia Mason (moved away)
Miss Nettie Franklin (Mrs. Jenkins)
Mrs. Ada Harper *(life member)
Mrs. Addie Garnett
Mrs. Dayse Walker Booker

Culture Club (2)

Objective: social service &
literary improvement
Met every 2 weeks -- literary,
book reviews, musical numbers.
social affair after each meeting -
ref [illegible] -- 2 things (with or without
office) Presidents have
defined the policy -- &[?] emphasis
When Rev. Washington was
here we gave $10 to education fund.
$300 gift to St. Mary's Hospital
-- gave furnishings for a room.
$50 gift for a cancer patient
$10 transportation for a lady
to come here to care for a
sick lady here
Money & clothing to care for
a 1/2 orphaned baby -- sent to a
home for such children -- later
adopted. (Father not proper parent)

Culture Club (3)

Contributed for 5 years to
Utica College (Miss.?)
Clothing box to Mississippi
(bedclothing too) flood sufferers.
Services for Red Cross during
the War ([illegible] each Saturday)
Salvatn Army & free kinder-
Fruit showers to both hospit-
als 1933-34-35.
Baskets & caroling to "shut-
ins" at Christmas.
On Palm Sunday -- alternate betw-
een Allen & 2nd B. -- each
member assessed & the fund
presented to the church.
Gave $31 to Visiting Nurse Assn.
in 1935.
Commencement gifts to h.s.
& college graduates.
Postcards to sick or bereaved
in the community.

Culture Club (4)

Observed Negro Health
Week -- 2 nights -- some
M.D. speaks.
Considering a gift of 200
books for CCC Camp at Aledo,
Anniversary Day -- a
dinner, a musical
program, a guest speaker,
have our husbands.
Meetings in the homes of
the membership.
Membership limited to 25 active.
5 negative votes prevents

Culture Club

Two ladies who had to go
to the hospital were given
financial assistance.
Assisted to decent burial
persons who were penniless
or without insurance.
Clothing and shoes for child-
ren who lacked decent
clothes to attend their Father's
Contribute to central district
and state scholarship
Coal to 2B & A-- chapel
Money to Morning Star Church
at the tie plant[?].
$20 to Boy Scouts & a contributn
to the equipment for the
new camp.

Culture C

9 of the charter members are
Mrs. Cora King &
Mrs. McBride are not
members now -- though they are
in the community still.

Other present members:
Miss Ruth Davis
Mrs. Ada Freese (Secy. 1936)
Miss Lillian Walker
Mrs. Ruth Fletcher
Mrs. Pearl Wallace
Mrs. Ella Johnson
Miss Jessie Tinsley -- Treas. 1936
Mrs. Rebecca McGill
Mrs. Sadalia Lewis

Affiliated with Illinois
Assoc of Colored Women.
They have nat'l membership
thru the state assn.

Culture C

The state association
provides each member-
club in the state with suggest
ions for program activities.
Mother home & child committee
(Doll & baby began parade last April)
Interracial committee
Scholarship [committee]
Race history
Parliamentary training
Supervision of parallel
girls' clubs (with camping
& character development)
Drama section

Fr. Mrs. GG Fletcher

The Culture Club is the
only federated club in Town.
It entertained the Ill. State
Conference of Colored Women
in mid July, 1936.
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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