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Pan American Round Table founded in San Antonio


On this day in 1916, Florence Griswold assembled a group of women at a luncheon at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, where they organized the Pan American Round Table. The group was formed "to provide mutual knowledge and understanding and friendship among the peoples of the Western Hemisphere, and to foster all movements affecting the women and children of the Americas." The Round Table movement was still going strong at the end of the century, with branches in Texas, five other states, Washington, D.C., and a number of Latin American countries. Local chapters sponsor various projects focused on education: libraries, awards and scholarships, revolving college loan funds for Latino students, and classes in art, music, and dance for schoolchildren.

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