Free Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Rediscovering Women's Literary Culture with the Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore

Two young Baltimoreans, Hester Dorsey Richardson and Louise Courtauld Osburne Haughton, founded The Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore in 1890 to "encourage exact and noble thinking among our women." Over the next 50 years, the Club met on a weekly basis to discuss the literature they read—and wrote—with the goal of cultivating both their minds and their literary reputations. This talk will describe the history of the Club, focusing on some of the Club's key figures, using archival materials held at MdHS and an online archive of their hundreds of publications, which were tracked down over the past year by undergraduate students at Loyola University Maryland. A print anthology of works, “Parole Femine: Words and Lives of the Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore,” is forthcoming later this year.

Two young Baltimoreans, Hester Dorsey Richardson and Louise Courtauld Osburne Haughton, founded The Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore in 1890 to "encourage exact and noble thinking among our women." Over the next 50 years, the Club met on a weekly basis to discuss the literature they read—and wrote—with the goal of cultivating both their minds and their literary reputations. This talk will describe the history of the Club, focusing on some of the Club's key figures, using archival materials held at MdHS and an online archive of their hundreds of publications, which were tracked down over the past year by undergraduate students at Loyola University Maryland. A print anthology of works, “Parole Femine: Words and Lives of the Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore,” is forthcoming later this year.

 
April 16, 2019 12:00 PM   through   1:00 PM