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Country Posey Garden Club (Flatrock Township, Henry County, Ohio) - MS 598

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

Introduction

The collection was donated to the Center for Archival Collections through the cooperation of Berneda Foreman of Napoleon, Ohio starting in the spring of 1991 with the final donation on September 12, 1997 at the time the club disbanded. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. The register was compiled by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in 1997 and revised in April 2004.

Agency History

Part of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, District 1, the Country Posey Garden Club was one of a group of clubs in Henry County including groups in Liberty Center, Holgate, and Florida, which formed the Henry County Unit of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. The Spade and Trowel Garden Club in Florida was the first established in 1938. Country Posey Garden Club was the second established group, founded in 1947 and affiliated with the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs in 1948. Due to a decline in membership, the Country Posey Garden Club was disbanded in the fall of 1997.

Scope and Content

The records of the Country Posey Garden Club document the history and activities of the Henry County women's group from 1947 to 1997 when the club disbanded. The records include a full series of minutes, which include membership and financial information, scattered correspondence which illustrates the variety of projects in the community through thank-you notes as well as the network of cooperation between other garden clubs in Henry County. There is also a series of correspondence and other communications with the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, of which Country Posey was a member in District 1. In addition, the collection includes a series of the annual program booklets of the club, and a couple of scrapbooks with photographs and clippings, all of which illustrate the scope of activities and friendships shared in the club.

Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

MINUTES
1947-1997
Arranged chronologically
Bound volumes of Secretary's books, including meeting minutes, membership lists, financial information, and constitution/by-laws

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE.
1960-1996, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Miscellaneous loose notes and letters, dealing with club activities and in recognition of or thanks for donations and projects of members

CORRESPONDENCE - OAGC GENERAL
1976-1996
Arranged chronologically
Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, District 1 meeting notices, circulars and correspondence

CORRESPONDENCE - OAGC ROSTERS
1980-1995
Arranged chronologically
Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, District 1 club and officer rosters

CORRESPONDENCE - OAGC PROGRAM BOOKLETS
1985-1991
Arranged chronologically
Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, District 1 certificates and correspondence related to scoring given club program booklets

LITERARY DOCUMENTS

HISTORICAL SKETCH
n.d.
Typed draft history of the Country Posey Garden Club

ESSAYS
n.d.
Essays, possibly written as presentations during club programs, "Flowers and Trees of the Bible", and "Ten Reasons Why I Like to Garden"

SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS.

COUNTRY POSEY PROGRAMS/YEARBOOKS.
1947-1995.
Arranged chronologically (some missing)
Program booklets with dates, topics and hostess for meeting; also includes list of chapter members with addresses. Some missing programs may be found in the scrapbooks

HENRY COUNTY GARDEN CLUBS PROGRAMS
1949-1990 (scattered)
Program booklets from flower shows jointly sponsored by the Henry County Garden Clubs, of which Country Posey is a member, as well as a copy of the constitution and bylaws

MISCELLANEOUS PROGRAMS/YEARBOOKS.
1946, 1952, 1953, 1969.
Arranged chronologically
Program booklets from other Henry County garden clubs

SCRAPBOOKS
1947-1973.
Arranged chronologically
Scrapbooks of clippings, photographs, programs, and other memorabilia. Oversize wrapped

PRINTED MATERIAL

CLIPPINGS.
1983-1992, n.d.
Newspaper articles and clippings related to Garden Club activities

BOOKLETS.
1952-1996.
Scattered issues of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs publication, The Garden Path, and various issues of Pause for Living, and Living with Flowers, complimentary publications related to flowers

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS
1981-1982, n.d.
Photographs of club activities at various picnics, luncheons, and other celebrations

ARTIFACTS

RIBBONS
1963, 1965, 1976, n.d.
Selected award ribbons for floral displays entered in competition at the Henry County Fair

Inventory

Box 1

Folder

  1. Minute book, Apr 1947-Sept 1963
  2. Minute book, Oct 1963-Sept 1982
  3. Minute book, Oct 1982-Sept 1997
  4. Correspondence, 1960-1980
  5. Correspondence, 1981-1989
  6. Correspondence, 1990-1996
  7. Correspondence, n.d.

Box 2

Folder

  1. Correspondence - OCGC, Dist. 1 General, 1976-1996
  2. Correspondence - OAGC, Dist. 1 - Rosters, 1980-1995
  3. Correspondence - OAGC, Program Scores, 1985-1991
  4. Country Posey Yearbooks, 1947-1952, 1954-1958
  5. Country Posey Yearbooks, 1960-1962, 1964-1958, 1967-1968, 1973, 1977-1980
  6. Country Posey Yearbooks, 1981-1989
  7. Club Historical Sketch, n.d.

Box 3

Folder

  1. Country Posey Yearbooks, 1990-1995
  2. Henry County Garden Clubs programs, 1953-1969, 1992
  3. Other club yearbooks, 1946, 1952, 1953, 1969, 1982-1983
  4. Clippings, 1983-1992, n.d.
  5. Booklets, 1952-1996
  6. Photographs, 1981-1984, 1995
  7. Ribbons, 1963, 1965, 1976, n.d.

Wrapped (Oversize)

  1. Scrapbook, 1947-1962
  2. Scrapbook, 1962-1973

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