Leisure Hour Club Records

 Collection
Identifier: NC1314
The Leisure Hour Club Records include administrative materials, membership information, programs, and articles, newspaper clippings, and photographs that document the activities of the Leisure Hour Club since it was founded in 1896. The collection is arranged into four series by topic.

Series 1 contains administrative and minutes information, a majority of which are minutes. The first set of minutes present in the collection are from 1898 when the club officially incorporated under the laws of the state of Nevada. Series 2 includes membership and program information with membership lists dating from 1913 as well as a full run of programs produced for each year (which ran from October-May) beginning in 1896. Series 3 contains the club's financial information, primarily in the form of cash ledgers, treasurers' reports, and income tax returns. Series 4, Club History and Miscellaneous Documents, includes a variety of information produced by and about the club over its history. With the exception of two folders located in series 1, all documents written by members about the history of the club are included in this series.

Dates

  • 1884 - 2015

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Overview

The Leisure Hour Club was founded by the Reverend James B. Eddy in Carson City, Nevada in 1896 with the purpose of promoting lifelong learning in the community. Records include administrative materials, membership information, programs, and articles, newspaper clippings, and photographs that document the activities of the Leisure Hour Club since it was founded in 1896.

Historical Note

The Leisure Hour Club was founded by the Reverend James B. Eddy in Carson City, Nevada in 1896 with the purpose of promoting lifelong learning in the community. In order to realize that goal, the Club encouraged members to dedicate themselves to serious study of a wide variety of topics, from Native Americans to current modes of dress. Membership was open to both women and men. Membership dues of $0.10 were required as well as a presentation on a topic of their choosing; if a member did not present, his or her membership was forfeited.

In the first few years of the Club, meetings were held in the Guild Hall of the Episcopal Church of Carson City. It also briefly met in the Masonic Hall located over the Carson Brewery before returning to Guild Hall. It became apparent to Club members that a permanent home was needed. A suitable lot was located and, with the support of Club members, a new building was constructed. In 1932, the Club elected to have renovations completed to modernize the building. The debt incurred by this was finally paid off in the fall of 1944. To celebrate this moment, the Club organized a "mortgage burning" party in January 1945. Unfortunately, on December 31, 1944, a disastrous fire swept through the building nearly completely destroying it. The Club rebuilt and remained in that location until the sale of the lot and building back to the church from which it was originally purchased.

In 1910, the Leisure Hour Club, along with three other organizations worked together to form the Nevada Federation of Women's Clubs. One of the requirements for creating a local chapter of the national organization was that no man would be able to represent the Club at the national level. Up until 1910, anyone could serve as Club president. Since joining the National Federation of Women's Clubs, no man has served in the role of Club president, although many men still serve on the board as well as membership of the group.

In 1996, the Club celebrated its centennial anniversary. A celebration was held to mark the occasion. As of 2018, the Club is still active holding monthly meetings and other celebrations throughout the year. The Club provides funding for a scholarship, memorial library books for members, as well as other community partnerships.

Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:

1) Minutes and Administrative Materials; 2) Membership and Programs; 3) Financial Information; 4) Club History and Miscellaneous Dcouments

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Debbie Lane on behalf of the Leisure Hour Club in March 2018 and October 2018.
Title
Guide to the Leisure Hour Club Records
Status
for_mcd_review
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
May 2018
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5665
775-682-5724 (Fax)