Tracking ancestors is only the beginning of researching family history. As in any research based on genuine interest and curiosity, answered questions create more questions. What was it like in that town or that city at that particular time? What were their lives like? What did they care about? How did local, state, and national events effect them? One source of information that people often overlook is local club records — both for locating people and also for learning about life at the time the records were kept.
The Newton History Series presents a series of lectures on Newton history that should be of interest to people with families who lived in this area during the periods covered in the lectures. On Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 pm at the Newton Free Library Kate Stout and Virginia Leavy will give a program titled The Social Science Club of Newton in the Progressive Era. The series, Women Breaking Boundaries, focuses on the dynamic history of women’s activism in Newton, spanning a full century from the 1880s to the 1980s and is sponsored by Historic Newton.
Are you curious about what smart, motivated women of Newton did with their free time a century ago? Kate Stout will present a brief history of the women’s club movement as gleaned from the record books and papers given by members of the Social Science Club of Newton. Virginia Leavy will then speak about the club’s early educational and social initiatives, and some of the members involved in them. This program is concurrent with two exhibits of historic items from the Social Science Club which will be on view in the display cases in the Main Hall (throughout March) and outside the Special Collections Room (throughout March and April) at the library.
Virginia (Vivi) Leavy has been a member of the Social Science Club of Newton since 2004. From 2008- 2010 she served as its president.
Kate Stout is a writer, journalist and editor. She has been an avid member of the Social Science Club since 2003.
Program writeup taken from the Newton Free Library Newsletter, March 2011, pp. 1,7.