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Founded in by Mrs. The Club was part of an international movement that saw similar groups formed in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries. The 22 charter WCA members met in Mrs. After a year, the group had more than members who rallied support for many civic programs still in place today.
The WCA pushed the city to initiate city-wide garbage collection, fire protection programs and mandatory meat and milk inspections. In , the Club began its tradition of community outreach and philanthropy with a program to keep children off the streets.
Although the WCA flourished for decades, only three elderly members remained in and the house had fallen into disrepair. In , five energetic women became determined to revive the Club as a center of activity benefiting the community. Today, the WCA has approximately members of varied ages, interests and professions. T he impressive three-story brick building at Madison Avenue was built in for Joseph and his wife Hattie Steefel.
His brother, Barnard, built the twin house next door. The houses were deed by Nolan, Nolan and Stern of Rochester, where the Steefel family settled after immigrating to the United States from Germany in the s. Joseph and Barnard moved to Albany in the late s to open their store. It remained in business until the s. The Woman's Club purchased Madison in In , the building was included in the Washington Park Historic District, a local historic district listed in the state and national registers of historic places.
In , the WCA donated more than 40 boxes of materials to the M. about the archives here. Visit the Department's website to view our archives here. The Woman's Club of Albany. Log in. About Us Board of Directors. Capital Campaign. Get Involved Community Service. Membership New. Rentals Pricing. Calendar More Coming Events. The Club. Our Historic House. The Archives. Jump to Content. Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software. The Club Founded in by Mrs.Married women Albany
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