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Monday, August 3, 2020
 
 
Windsor Star clipping courtesy of Mrs. Martin
 

Keep your face always towards the sun and the shadows will fall behind

These eloquent words were the motto of The Windsor Art and Literary Club which was established November 19, 1924.The first club leaders were Mrs. Laura Hyatt and Mrs. Emily Levi. The club chose the colours rose The first club leaders were Mrs. Laura Hyatt and

Mrs. Emily Levi. The club chose the colours rose and grey and the Forget-Me-Not as part of their club identity. Their first club house was in a home on Windsor Avenue which was purchased in 1942.

The main artistic pursuit of the members was needlework including quilting, knitting and embroidery. The ladies of the Art and Literary Club were also committed to reading and reviewing books of quality. A pursuit that Oprah Winfrey would popularize some 8 decades later.

The Windsor Art and Literary Club were also involved in charitable endeavours. They were early supporters of the Goodfellows Fund, the Red Cross, the United Coloured College Fund along with many other worthy causes. The club also assisted in emergency situations such as a fund established to assist the victims of the 1946 tornado in Windsor.

The many events hosted by the club were highlights of the social season. They held popular dances attended by great numbers. The also organized cultural recitals and held bazaars to promote the artistic community.

 

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