Laundry and housework had to be finished before a Newfield lady felt comfortable attending the 3:00 p.m. Monday Club gathering. The incentive was a lovely social time where the ladies of the community discussed books, visited, and enjoyed light refreshments.
The Monday Club started in 1893, originally for educational purposes. The program committee suggested discussion topics and books to read. Speakers were often local teachers who presented on various subjects. As the years went by, the ladies of the club became more civic minded and are credited for saving the historic Newfield Covered Bridge when it was in disrepair.
|Ladies Monday Club - 1919|
Photo Credit: Newfield News, April 13-19, 1977
Article by Roberta Sperling
The Ladies Monday Club meetings ended in the mid-1960s as more women worked outside the home. But for half a century, the Ladies Monday Club was a social and educational gathering time for the women of Newfield, New York.