Disbanded women’s club is topic of Jan. 15 program

The Plainville Historical Society has announced its first program of 2022. On Saturday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m., Gert Lacombe will present “From the Alpha Girls to the GFWC: The Story of the Plainville Women’s Club.” The event will take place at the Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St.

A press release announcing the program states, “In existence for over 100 years, the local women’s club has recently ended its long history of volunteerism. The program will honor its many years of dedicated service to Plainville. Gert will tell how six women began by meeting informally in their homes in the early 1900s and then grew to 18 ‘Alpha Girls’ who formally became the Women’s Club of Plainville.”

Promoting literacy was a major aim of the club.

”A very significant project was raising funds for a new public library through events such as their first card party in 1915,” the release continues.

Decades later, in 1949, the local club became part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a nationwide group, “and continued with many more years of civic involvement.”

The Jan. 15 Plainville Historical Society program will include a tableau portraying a scene from the club’s early days, scrapbooks and other archival material.

Due to COVID, advance registration and masks are required to attend. Register by emailing plvhistorical@gmail.com (include phone number, email address and the names of the people in your party).


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