Woman’s Eastern Shore Society of Maryland records
This collection spans from 1926, the charter year of the society, to 2007, and includes financial and membership records, as well as meeting minutes and scrapbooks documenting the group’s activities.
- 1926 - 2007
- Woman's Eastern Shore Society of Maryland (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
The Woman's Eastern Shore Society (WESS) was founded in Baltimore in 1926 by a group of women who were born on Maryland's Eastern Shore or who had family connections in that region. The group's first president was Miss Anne Rothwell Stewart (died 1930). Although WESS's goal was “social fellowship among the members and preservation of traditions and a way of life so dear,”; the organization also focused on public service and philanthropic efforts.
By the end of its first year in existence, WESS had 137 members. WESS, still in existence, is organized into chapters based on the counties of the Eastern Shore, and membership in 1994 reached over two hundred. Activities are organized by the club as a whole and also by individual chapters.
Social events include the Annual Banquets, which have been held at Baltimore hotels such as Emerson, Lord Baltimore, and Belvedere. Meetings, “History luncheons,” plays, and pageants have also been organized. The club has published cookbooks as well. WESS created a scholarship fund that supports young Eastern Shore women with their college educations.
6.25 Linear Feet (15 boxes)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Woman’s Eastern Shore Society via Mary Robinson, President, March 31, 2008.
Scope and Contents
The Woman’s Eastern Shore Society of Maryland Records spans from 1926, the charter year of the society, to 2007, and includes financial and membership records, as well as meeting minutes and scrapbooks documenting the group’s activities. The collection is divided into ten series which reflect the types of documents contained within them. The series are Constitution and By-Laws, President’s Papers, Financial Records, Scholarship Records, Recording Secretary Records, Membership Records, Newsletters, Events and Meetings, Miscellaneous, and Scrapbooks. Along with the membership records, the society collected obituaries of deceased members. The meeting minutes contain detailed accounts of society business.
- Guide to the Woman’s Eastern Shore Society of Maryland Records
- Under Revision
- Lara Westwood
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- 2020-04-17: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.