Clio Logo

The St. Petersburg Woman's Club was established in 1913 by Nancy A. Greene, who was the president of the Federated Women's Club of Illinois before moving to St. Petersburg. In 1922, the club started a building fund to raise money for a clubhouse, which was completed in 1929. In 1923, the club was accepted as member of the General Federated Women's Clubs. Still in operation, the building is often used for weddings as well. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

St. Petersburg Women's Club as it looks today

St. Petersburg Women's Club as it looks today

After Nancy Greene gave a lecture on Mormonism, presumably in late 1912 or early 1913, members of the community recognized the value of intellectually stimulating activities such as this one and asked Greene to provide more. As a result, Greene established the club in February 1913 with fourteen members.

The club building stands on land once owned by C. Perry Snell, who donated two lots to the club in 1928. Snell was a real estate investor whose company founded and developed the Snell Isle neighborhood of St. Petersburg. The club wasn't initially too keen on Snell's offer since, at the time, the lots were located in a forested area and only accessible by a small wooden bridge. Despite these issues, the club decided to build the clubhouse. It was erected between May and November 1929. The club also convinced the city to build a new bridge, which was completed in December 1931.

The club has and remains an active member in the community. For example, in the 1920s, the club lobbied the state government to built a hospital for crippled children; it actively supported the passage of the Workman's Compensation Law; and supported the eight-hour workday for women. The club began offering classes in a variety of subjects in 1929. In the 1940s, the club hosted public town meetings and provided funds to the Red Cross. During World War II, the club made clothes and gathered medical supplies, collected books for army camps, and sold war bonds. In 1960, the club won a state women's Federation award for raising the most money for Radio Free Europe.

"History." St. Petersburg Woman's Club. Accessed September 3, 2016.

Mattick, Barbara E. "St. Petersburg Woman's Club." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. July 15, 1994.

Image Sources(Click to expand)

Wikimedia Commons: