From October 11 through November 15, 2019, the Women’s Commission Art Gallery in Dana Hall on the Defiance College campus will host a historical exhibit about the Women’s Commission, which has a storied history on campus. It was one of the College’s earliest, still-active organizations. Here’s the earliest meeting minutes we have in the Archives, from 1905:
This meeting was held in President McReynolds’ office, with him in attendance; Flossie Whitney was elected secretary–she was new to the DC faculty at that point. The meeting discussed the hiring of a matron for the Girls’ Dormitory. Trowbridge Hall was built in 1905, but it’s not clear whether this meeting is talking about furnishings for it or its predecessor.
The group’s constitution, in the same book as the above minutes, states that the object of the organization “shall be to advise and assist in matters pertaining to the welfare of the young women of Defiance College.”
A 1964 booklet with a history of the Women’s Commission can be viewed on DC Memory. A later updated history of the WC written by Marilyn (Loar) Mallott ’51 in 2004 for the group’s 100th anniversary is available in the Library’s collection, but has not yet been digitized.
Please plan to visit the exhibit, which was curated by Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Design Beverly Fanning, with materials gathered from the DC Archives by Barb Sedlock.
The Gallery’s hours are 9AM-7PM Mon-Fri, and 9-2 on Saturdays. An opening reception will be held during Homecoming, on Saturday, October 12 from 4-5:30, after the football game.