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Winona Woman's Club collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1638

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the Winona Woman's Club meeting minutes (1903-1907), the clubs constitution (circa 1908-1910), and a May 15, 1916 circular letter from the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs along with pamphlets printed that year regarding the petitioning of Congress for the mountain laurel to be designated as the national flower. The collection also includes several handwritten notes regarding club committees (undated).


  • 1903-1916

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

During the early 1900s, the Winona Lake area in Kosciusko County, Indiana was a summer retreat that was known as the "Chautauqua of the West". It began as the Spring Fountain Park, a resort with a hotel, race track and roller coaster built by the Beyer brothers in 1887. The resort was purchased in 1895 by Dr. Solomon Dickey, a Presbyterian Church leader, and the resort and surronding area was renamed Winona Lake in 1905. Through Dickey’s leadership the resort was turned into a popular vacation destination that offered conferences, church retreats and training schools. The Winona Woman's Club was organized in 1897 with the purpose of bringing women at the resort together once a week for entertainment in literature, art, music and other topics of special value to women.


Information found within colleciton.

"Winona Womans' Club." Indianapolis News (Ind.), July 9, 1908.

The Village at Winona. "Our Story: the History of Winona Lake." Accessed March 2, 2020.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from D.W. Wesley on 1939/01/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/03/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/03/02 by Laura Eliason.
Winona Woman's Club collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.