A Guide to the Home Interest Club Records, 1903-2013 Home Interest Club Records M 077, VC 0050, ART 0004

A Guide to the Home Interest Club Records, 1903-2013

A Collection in the
Thomas Balch Library
Collection Number M 077, VC 0050, ART 0004


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Processed by: Elizabeth E. Preston

Repository
Thomas Balch Library
Collection number
M 077, VC 0050, ART 0004
Title
Home Interest Club Records 1903-2013
Physical Characteristics
Creator
Home Interest Club, Purcellville, VA.
Language
English
Abstract
This collection is made up of the administrative papers of the Home Interest Club. Records include correspondence, financial records, meeting agendas and minutes, as well as some of the notes for presentations made by members at the monthly meetings. Presentations made by Rachel Hoge Branch (1875-1944), one of the founding members, have been photocopied and collected in a bound volume by her son. The volume, included here, is titled Papers from Overlea. There are handwritten recipes contributed by the membership, some of them dating to the founding of the club. The recipes have been arranged thematically in preparation for the production of a cookbook in 2003, a copy of which is also included in the collection. Also of note in the collection are yearbooks, which contain the names of the officers for the year, a list of meetings, and brief descriptions of the meeting presentations. It was common for the yearbooks to be bound in scraps of wallpaper. The collection includes a small set of photographs, and a walnut button box that was used in the election of new members to the club.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open for research.

Use Restrictions

No physical characteristics affect use of this material.

Preferred Citation

Home Interest Club Records, 1903-2013 (M 077), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

Home Interest Club, Purcellville, VA.

Alternative Form Available

None

Accruals

2001.0007

Processing Information

Elizabeth E. Preston, 9 November 2012

Updated, 1 October 2013


Historical Information

The Home Interest Club was founded in the fall of 1903 by a group of women near Lincoln, VA and operated until March 2013. Most of the founding women were members of the Society of Friends, though involvement with the Friends was not a prerequisite for membership in the club. The constitution and bylaws of the club state that it is to "Benefit the home by making housekeeping easier in the exchanging of recipes and the discussion of all topics tending to elevate and improve the home." One of the original requirements of membership was that every woman share a proven recipe at each meeting. Some of the recipes were eventually published in a cookbook written to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the founding of the club, a copy of which is included in the club's records.

Some of the early members of the club included:

Rachel Hoge Branch (1875-1944)
Elizabeth Brown (1822-1904)
Lydia Brown (1845-1926)
Rebecca Brown (1858-1938)
Mary Gregg (1853-1923)
Virginia Hirst (1857-1936)
Clara Hoge (1865-1947)
Julia B. Hoge (1880-1929)
Laura Hoge (1867-1942)
Cosmelia Janney Hughes (1872-1962)
Cosmelia Janney (1858-1940)
Caroline Pancoast (1873-1950)

The club held monthly meetings that throughout its history consisted of a roll call, discussion of club business, a program, and refreshments. The program usually consisted of one or more presentations by members. Presentations often included readings from published material or original writings, but were usually informational in nature. Topics included temperance, suffrage for women, civil rights for African Americans, foreign affairs, local history, and current events. During World War II there was a program on using sugar substitutes and members were asked to contribute sugar-shortage recipes. The membership also shared ideas about education, child rearing, and household maintenance.

Initially, membership was capped at twenty, though the club eventually expanded its membership to twenty-five. When a membership became available in the club, an active member nominated a woman in the community. Her name was brought before the club at a meeting, and each member voted to approve or deny the nominated woman. Balloting was done originally using a button box and white and black buttons. A white button placed in the box was a vote to approve the nomination, while a black button denied membership. The club's constitution stipulated that approval be unanimous. The button box was eventually retired in favor of a secret ballot, and, later, a vocal vote. New officers were elected each fall and took their posts in January..

The club worked with other organizations in the community to raise money for and awareness of issues affecting women and children. It collaborated with the Paxton Home for Children, Hamilton Book Club, Purcellville Woman's Club, and Leesburg Garden Club on various projects in the community. The Home Interest Club disbanded on 16 March 2013 as a result of low membership.

Scope and Content

This collection is made up of the administrative papers of the Home Interest Club. Records include correspondence, financial records, meeting agendas and minutes, as well as some of the notes for presentations made by members at the monthly meetings. Presentations made by Rachel Hoge Branch (1875-1944), one of the founding members, have been photocopied and collected in a bound volume by her son. The volume, included here, is titled Papers from Overlea. There are handwritten recipes contributed by the membership, some of them dating to the founding of the club. The recipes have been arranged thematically in preparation for the production of a cookbook in 2003, a copy of which is also included in the collection. Also of note in the collection are yearbooks, which contain the names of the officers for the year, a list of meetings, and brief descriptions of the meeting presentations. It was common for the yearbooks to be bound in scraps of wallpaper. The collection includes a small set of photographs, mostly from three summer picnics, but also including one photograph from the final meeting of the club on 16 March 2013. In addition, there is a walnut button box that was used in the election of new members to the club. An explanation of the election procedure is located in Box 1.

Arrangement

Box: folder

Related Material

Cosmelia Janney Hughes Sketchbook, 1945 (BV 007). Jane Hirst Bogle Photograph Collection (VC 0005). Leesburg Garden Club Collection, 1920- (M 044). Purcellville Woman's Club, 1922-1960 (M 046). A Taste of Loudoun County: Our Favorite Recipes, 1903-1951, compiled by George A. Hrunenei, 2003 (V REF 641.5975 HOM).

Separated Material


Adjunct Descriptive Data

Bibliography

Ancestry Library Edition, United States Census, United States Census and Voter Lists, http://ww.ancestrylibrary.com (Accessed 7 November 2012).

"Home club celebrates centennial." Loudoun Times-Mirror, 10 September 2003, A2.

Home Interest Club Records, 1903-2013 (M 077). Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Loudoun Cemetery Database, http://www.leesburgva.gov/index.aspx?page=940 accessed, 7 November 2012.

Loudoun County Newspaper Index, http://www.leesburgva.gov/Modules/ ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=5574 accessed, 8 November 2012.


Other Finding Aid

None


Technical Requirements

None

Other Finding Aid

None


Bibliography

Ancestry Library Edition, United States Census, United States Census and Voter Lists, http://ww.ancestrylibrary.com (Accessed 7 November 2012).

"Home club celebrates centennial." Loudoun Times-Mirror, 10 September 2003, A2.

Home Interest Club Records, 1903-2013 (M 077). Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Loudoun Cemetery Database, http://www.leesburgva.gov/index.aspx?page=940 accessed, 7 November 2012.

Loudoun County Newspaper Index, http://www.leesburgva.gov/Modules/ ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=5574 accessed, 8 November 2012.


Contents List

M 077
Box: 1
  • Constitution, 1969, 2001
  • Cookbook, A Taste of Loudoun County: Our Favorite Recipes, 1903-1951. Centennial Edition, Compiled by George A. Hruneni, 2003
  • Cookbook Recipes:
    • Frozen Desserts, Breads
    • Cakes
    • Vegetables, Miscellaneous, Chicken
    • Soups, Salad Dressings, Cookies
    • Candies, Pudding, Pickles
  • Correspondence, n.d., 1904-1992
  • Election procedure, May 2003
  • Financial Records:
    • Account Books, 1905-1924; 1966-1969
    • Bank Statements, 1964-1969
    • Cancelled Checks, 1964-1969
Box: 2
  • Financial Records:
    • Checkbooks (Purcellville National Bank and First National Bank of Purcellville), 1960s
    • Treasurer's Book, 1958-1963
  • Meeting Agendas, 1906-1953
  • Meeting Minutes, 1920-1960
Box: 3
  • Meeting Minutes, 1961-2013
  • Meeting Presentations, n.d.; 1908; 1935; 1941
  • Membership and Officer Lists, 1933; 1952; 1981-2005
  • Newspaper Clippings, n.d.; 1912-2003
Box: 4
  • Outside Organizations:
    • Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter, n.d.; 1991-1992
    • Loudoun County Public Library Foundation, 1985
    • Purcellville Women's Club, 1908; 1913
  • "Papers from Overlea," by Rachel Hoge Branch (A bound collection of presentations delivered at the Home Interest Club meetings), 1977 and 1991
  • Photographs (Oversized), 1987
  • Yearbooks, 1962-2002
VC 0050
  • 22 photographs of summer picnics, n.d., 1987-2013
ART 0004
  • 1 walnut button box, c. 1903