In June of 1921, ten ladies were invited to Laurine Kuhn’s home and the Wednesday Club was formed.  They met every two weeks on Wednesday, thus the name Wednesday Club. In later years the Club met once a month.

Quilts and rag rugs were made and sold to make money. Lessons in 1932 were “Before baby comes,” “How to make old clothes over” and “Cheese making.” Another favorite was “Hat making.” In time, County Extensions lessons became available, some of the topics were wigs, first aid kits, how to fold fitted sheets, making your own T.V. dinners, Christmas crafts, making yeast breads, omelets and fresh Christmas wreaths.

In 1971, Shirley Peters, County Council Chairman, organized the first annual Christmas Bazaar and Community Cookbook.

In 1981 the Wednesday Club observed its 60th anniversary with two charter members present. In 1996, the club invited former members and celebrated their 75th anniversary at the Neligh House in West Point.

Wednesday Club members participated in programs such as Women of Achievement, Nebraska Extension Conventions, and Federated Women’s Conventions.

The Club made monetary donations to local libraries, Thurston County Museum, International Youth Exchange Programs, 4-H Citizenship Short Course Trips, Red Cross, Cancer Research, Graduating Seniors of Club Members, Butternut Christmas Club and Neihardt Foundation.

Members made bibs and lap robes for Pender Care Centre, served lunch at farm sales and the Holiday Bazaar, worked on entry day at the County Fair and also served as “Watch Dogs” at the fair.

The Wednesday Club voted to disassociate their Club from the Extension work in 1993.

Now, members and their husbands meet when convenient to visit, play cards, and eat out.

Vivian Hartwig