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Woman's Kansas Day Club

 

Purpose

The mission of the WKDE is to develop loyalty and pride in Kansas for its past, present, and future achievements; to promote the cultural and scientific developments of Kansas, and to cooperate with the Kansas Historical society in the collection and preservation of Kansas historical records, written articles, and worthwhile projects.

Origins

The Woman's Kansas Day Club originated during a meeting of the Good Government Club in Topeka in January, 1905. The objectives put forth at that time were to instill patriotism in the young, promote good fellowship, and preserve the early history of Kansas.

Mrs. J.D. McFarland of Topeka was the first president. That year, an oil portrait of Sara Robinson, wife of the first Kansas governor, was presented to the Kansas Historical Society. The dues were 25 cents and about 400 women became charter members. The WKDC is also a charter member of the Kansas Council of Women, organized in 1911.

Contributions to Kansas Historical Society

Every year, the WKDC collects information on that year's research theme, which is chosen by the President. The project director and the regional directors compile the information which is presented to a Historical Society representative at the annual meeting.  Information about this year's theme follows:

All Aboard for the WKDC Express!  This year we are collecting railroad materials.  You can collect any items related to railroads in Kansas.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Collect photographs of trains, depots, railroad facilities, employees, etc.  These can be photographs taken by members, friends, family or local photographers.  Please make certain the photographs are identified (names, places, dates, and event).  If you are scanning the photographs, make certain they are at least 400 dpi, TIF files.  Please send scanned images on either CDs or DVDs.
  • Write a reminiscence about taking a train ride, trains in your hometown, family members or friends that worked for the railroad, etc. 
  • Histories about railroads in your community, region or Kansas and the impact on economy, agriculture, town development, etc.
  • Donate timetables, pamphlets, letters from family or friends talking about traveling on trains, diaries written by employees or people traveling by train.
  • Railroad Maps
  • Conduct an oral interview with a friend or relative that worked for the railroad.  If possible, transcribe the interview, so researchers can read the interview.  Often it is easier to read the interview rather than listen to a tape or digital recording.  You can record the interview on a 60 minute cassette tape(s) or digital recorder.  Please save the digital recording to either a CD or DVD.

Every member and even friends are encouraged to participate in the project.  Please send your materials to Nancy Sherbert, Archives, Kansas State Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas  66615.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nancy Sherbert at (785) 272-8681  ext. 303 or nsherbert@kshs.org.

They also donate a monetary gift to the historical society from the money left over at the end of the year in the club's treasury.

Past Gifts

The members of the Woman's Kansas Day Club have offered many gifts to the Historical Society over the years:

  • The first automobile built by a Kansas manufacturer
  • Early Kansas parlor with period furnishings
  • Dolls wearing the style and fabric of first lady and first gentlemen inaugural clothing
  • A plate glass display case to display the silver from the Battleship Kansas
  • $8,600 towards the restoration of the Stach school house on the Historical Society grounds.

Getting Involved

Becoming involved in the WKDC is easy. Join, recruit additional members, serve as an officer on a committee or find ways to contribute to the current research project. Organize a membership event or publicize WKDC and its current research project.

Dues

Annual Membership                      $15

Donor/Sustainer Membership       $25 or more annually

Memorials                                     $50

Contact Information

For more information about the Woman's Kansas Day Club, contact the WKDC president elect/membership director Colette Bernica cjbernica@gmail.com or editor Sherri Barragree, sbarragree@midkan.net.

Please send membership dues to:

Treasurer:

Carol Bales
P O Box 455
Logan 67646
dane@ruraltel.net
785-689-4313