Monday, June 3, 2002 marks the 100th anniversary of the Ashland Study Club
of Ashland, Oregon.
The oldest women's club in Southern Oregon, it was formed when Ashland was
a village of 2000 people, very isolated from the rest of the world.
The group was inspired by the Chautauqua movement of the late 1800s which
was a major cultural experience for Southern Oregon.
The Ashland Study Club was organized to promote the informational and cultural
improvements of its members and the community-at-large.
Its meetings provide educational opportunities for members and a way to develop
a broader appreciation of the world outside the City of Ashland.
The women who founded the club had just won the right to vote and wanted
to keep up to date with world events, and their initial focus was world focus
since the Spanish American War had just ended.
Subsequently the club's agenda ranged from support of the early Shakespearean
program, work with the college and high school, and volunteerism.
Each year the club presents gift books to the Ashland Public Library, Ashland
High School and Southern Oregon University.
- The Ashland Study Club has met regularly without interruption since 1902.
NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council and Mayor, on behalf of the citizens of Ashland, hereby proclaim the week of June 3, 2002, as
ASHLAND STUDY CLUB WEEK
Dated this 21st day of May, 2002.
Alan DeBoer, Mayor
Barbara Christensen, City Recorder