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First Austin women's literary club established


On this day in 1890, the Pathfinder's Club, the oldest women's literary club in Austin, was organized by a group of women in the Driskill Hotel parlor. In 1897 the club was one of the twenty-one organizing members of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs. The club's purpose was mental improvement; in 1971 the task of better understanding the problems facing the world today was added. In the early days each member contributed an original paper, reading, or recitation, and membership was by invitation with unanimous approval of current members. The Pathfinder's Club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1990.

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