MIDDLEPORT — The Middleport Literary Club celebrated their 120th anniversary in 2015. As part of the anniversary year, the club reviewed classic books from the decades since the 1890s.
They began their 121st year by commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War by choosing books that “covered many facets of that struggle.”
The club was first organized for the program year of 1894-1895, and was associated with a movement of women’s clubs across the nation. Not only were these clubs established to promote reading and education, but also to further social causes, such as the vote for women and the abolishment of child labor in mines and factories.
In its earliest years, members resided in Middleport, but as the club grew, it began to accept women from all over the county. Gay Perrin is this year’s literary club president, and she leads the group every other Wednesday from October to May. Active members prepare and present book reviews, and a discussion follows. Refreshments are, by tradition, chocolates and ice water.
This year’s selections include: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War” by Karen Abbot; “Neverhome” by Laird Hunt; “Killer Angels: The Classic Nobel of the Civil War” by Michael Shaara; “The Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War” by Howard Bahr; “Quantrill’s War: The Life and Times of William Clarke Quantrill” by Duane Schultz; “A Woman of Honor: Dr. Mary E. Walker and the Civil War” by Merceded Graf; “Mary Todd Lincoln” by Jean Baker; “Capital Dames” by Cokie Roberts; “Freedom by Any Means” by BettyDeRamus; “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” by Drew Faust; and “Andersonville” by McKinley Kantor.
With a motto of “Why stay we on earth unless to grow?” the Middleport Literary Club welcomes visitors who may be interested in membership to sit in with the group during their regular review presentations.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.