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Pan American Round Table founded in San Antonio

October 16th, 1916

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Image taken at random from the related Handbook of Texas entry, Menger Hotel

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 its 100th anniversary. In 2016 the group was a registered civil society in the Organization of American States, with branches in Texas, four other states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and sixteen other 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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