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120 years later, Monday Club celebrates anniversary

Monday Club members raise their tea cups in a salute to the women’s group that formed in 1895 and has been promoting civic improvement causes in Prescott ever since.

Monday Club members raise their tea cups in a salute to the women’s group that formed in 1895 and has been promoting civic improvement causes in Prescott ever since.

Monday Club members celebrated the 120th anniversary of the club with an afternoon tea at their clubhouse recently. The club was founded Aug. 19, 1895, by the women in the community who sought to bring cultural and educational programs to Prescott. The club took its name from the weekday the founding members chose to meet.

In 1901, the Monday Club affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs and was the first women's club formally organized in the Arizona territory. The club has a long history of helping to enhance the Prescott community. In 1903, the members raised $4,000 to match a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation to build a public library on Gurley Street, and in 2005 donated $50,000 for the Founders' Room of the Prescott Public Library.

Club members launched a successful letter writing campaign in 1915 that led to a new wing in the Pioneer Home dedicated to married couples and women. Prior to that, only men were eligible for residence. The club continues to support worthy programs in the area including the Sharlot Hall Museum, the Yavapai County Humane Society, the Prescott Public Library, the Salvation Army and Stepping Stones. In addition, they offer two scholarships each year, one for the nursing program at Yavapai College and one for the Prescott Center for the Arts.

For more information about the Monday Club, call 928-778-4552 and leave a message.