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Research Club marks 100th year in existence

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One of the oldest literary clubs in Columbus, The Research Club, quietly observed its 100th birthday May 5.

Formed in 1914 so that women might become more skilled in homemaking and in cultural pursuits, the club underwent name changes (the Maple Grove Sewing Club, the Domestic Science Club and, lastly, the Research Club in 1929), names that pretty well indicated the broadening role women were beginning to assume in our society.

World War I and II contributed largely to increasing involvement outside the home. Club motto, colors and flower have remained the same. Early membership was limited to 15.

Members presented biweekly programs, incorporating book reviews, papers on topics of general interest and theme studies, such as “Indiana,” to be followed throughout the year.

Meetings were conducted in members’ homes, starting with a luncheon followed by program and concluding with a business session. Guest day became an annual event, sometimes including as many as 65.

Often asked, “What does Research Club research?” The answer would be anything of interest, books and their authors, history, world events, travel, local personalities and community needs. The list is endless.

The program for May 27 was presented by David Kadlec, photographer and modern art enthusiast, who recently operated the Jacksson Art Gallery and Museum at the corner of Jackson and 11th streets.

Introduced by member Carolyn Friend, Kadlec urged all to recognize how art touches, shapes and reflects our perception of the world. Its worth can be measured by the feelings engendered in its viewers as well as by the skill of its creator.

We were invited to attend the final showing to be held at that location.

Maxine Wheeler hosted the salad luncheon meeting with assistance of Georgia Webb, Anne Mickel and Sharon Nelson. A dessert of fresh strawberries nestled in meringues topped with whipped cream capped the meal.

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