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Title: Halcyon Club of Polo Records, 1898-1996

ID: RHC/RC/232

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The Halcyon Club of Polo records consists of two series:  Halcyon Club of Polo and the Literary Clubs of Polo.

Date Acquired: 06/12/1998. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Halcyon Club of Polo, Literary Clubs, Polo (Ill.), Women--Societies and clubs.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The first series, the Halcyon Club of Polo, includes meeting minutes from October 19, 1910 through May 20, 1992 and programs/annual reports from 1898 to 1914 and 1986 through 1996.  Programs between these dates can be found in the Literary Club of Polo volumes.  Also contained in the series are correspondence, newspaper clippings, program committee lists, and speeches.  Of special interest is a sachet party favor given to each member at the 90th anniversary of the club.  The second series consists of programs/yearbooks for the Literary Clubs of Polo and include not only the Halcyon Club but the Kensington Club, Study Club, Utopian Circle Club, Ideal Club, Would-Be Tourist Club, Shakespeare-Art Club, Wednesday Club, and the 20th Century Club.

Collection Historical Note

The Halcyon Club of Polo was organized in 1886 so the members could read and study the subjects they knew nothing about.  Mrs. Mary Perkins, the founder of the group, persuaded the members to take the four-year Chautauqua course of study, which was lead by the club president Mrs. Clendenning.  Miss Kate Phelps was the club promoter at whose house the first meeting was held.  In 1890 the ten members of the Halcyon Club completed the four-year Chautauqua course.  Six of the members, Mrs. Mary Perkins, Miss Kate Phelps, Mrs. Chase, Miss Ida Mason, Mrs. Emma Wales, and Julia Lawrence, went to Chautauqua, New York to receive their diplomas.  

The members of the Halcyon Club met once a week, later meeting two times a month, and presently once a month.  Meetings consisted of lectures by members on a variety of topics such as travel, history, art, literature, book reviews, and current events.  

In 1921 the club members voted to disband the Halcyon Club so greater strength might be given to the newly formed Woman’s Club.  The money left in the treasury was split between a gift for Mrs. Florence Rowland, the last president, and a memorial to the Halcyon Club to be placed in the Library.  The Women’s Club decided not to have study departments that year so the members of the Halcyon Club decided to form a club called the Study Club.  The first meeting of the Study Club was held on October 5th 1921 with current events as the topic of discussion.  The Halcyon club was reestablished on October 18, 1922 with a revised constitution adopted by members on that date.  

For the Club’s centennial in 1986 a walnut plaque was donated to Polo’s historical Aplington House.  The plaque had names of all the charter members and the names of the present centennial members and associates.

Subject/Index Terms

Halcyon Club of Polo
Literary Clubs
Polo (Ill.)
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional records were donated at a later date.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: members of the club and Dr. Patricia Stuff

Acquisition Method: The Halcyon Club of Polo records were donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on June 12, 1998 by the members of the club and Dr. Patricia Stuff of Bonduel, Wisconsin.  Her mother, Marjorie, a long time member of the Halcyon club, had collected these materials for many years.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Halcyon Club of Polo],
[Series II.: Literary Clubs of Polo],

Series I.: Halcyon Club of Polo
Box 1
Folder 1: Constitution, 1991, no date
Folder 2-8: Minutebooks, October, 19, 1910-November 19, 1975
Box 2a
Folder 1-3: Minutebooks, December 3, 1975-May 20, 1992
Folder 4-5: Programs/Annual Calendars, 1898-1914, 1986-1996
Folder 6: Club's Involvement in Polo Centennial, 1957
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1945, 1986, no date
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings, 1904-1992
Folder 9: Program Committee Membership Lists and History, 1958-1965
Folder 10: Speeches, Flag Day; 25th Anniversary; 40th Anniversary, 1904; 1911; 1926
Folder 11: Minutebook, October 7, 1992-April 7, 1999
Folder 12: Club Officers, 1976-1997
Folder 13: Programs / Yearbooks, 1986-1997
Folder 14: 100 Year Anniversary Letter by Carol Coffman, 1986
Folder 15: Club Donations and Thank You Letters, December 6, 1985 - January 27, 1997.
Folder 16: Mildred Hoak and Betty Coffman Funeral Cards, April 16, 1994 and May 21, 1996
Folder 17: Photographs: Flo Hammer's Birthday (4); Neva Baker's Birthday (4); 100 Year Anniversary (6); Miscellaneous Group Pictures (3), 1965; 1985; 1986
Folder 18: Photographs: Strawberry Patch Trip (4); Dillon House, Sterling, Illinois (3); On The Rose trip (1), 1980; 1982; 1994
Folder 19: Photographs: Club Luncheon (4); Gertrude Wilson's House (4); Christmas Dinner (6), 1976; 1981; 1980
Folder 20: Photographs: Unidentified (5 sheets); Negatives - Unidentified (2 sheets), no date
Box 2b
Item 1: 90th Anniversary Sachet Party Favor, 1976
Series II.: Literary Clubs of Polo
Box 3
Folder 1-14: Programs/Yearbooks, 1914-1986

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