Anchorage Woman's Club

The Anchorage Woman’s Club (AWC) is a woman's club founded in 1915. It was instrumental in organizing the construction of the first schoolhouse in Anchorage.

Anchorage Woman’s Club
Founded atAnchorage, Alaska
TypeWoman's club

History edit

Mrs. Fredrick Mears and other women organized the Anchorage Woman’s Club in 1915 with the specific goal of establishing a school for the children of the workers building the Alaska Railroad. The women were successful in building the Pioneer School House, the first schoolhouse in Anchorage.[1]

The AWC is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. It is community service organization with programs in Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach, and Public Issues.[2]

Activities edit

In 1964 the AWC worked to preserve the Pioneer School House after it survived an earthquake. The building was moved eleven blocks and set on a cinder block foundation.[3]

The AWC continues to manage the Pioneer School House, now owned by the city of Anchorage listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is facilitating renovations following the structure's centennial in 2015.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ "History". Anchorage Woman's Club. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Guide to the Anchorage Woman's Club records". Archives and Special Collections. Consortium Library. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form Pioneer School House". NPGallery. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Anchorge Woman's Club to Restore Historic Pioneer Schoolhouse". AlaskaBusiness. Archived from the original on 27 October 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.

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