Petoskey Woman's Club
The Petoskey Woman's Club was a group of women who met weekly November-May in one another's homes. The typical meeting format was the reading of the minutes and any announcements followed by Roll Call. At this time, each woman present would respond according to the them of the day. For example, each member might recite a poem or answer with a headline of the time. Then followed a period of study called the program. Different women presented the program each week and the themes varied from art to politics. During World War I, the women knit socks and sewed for the Red Cross while the woman in charge of the program read from magazines and newspapers. This was a dues-paying club; women paid $1 quarterly to belong. The club did not meet in the summer, except for excursions to cabins and lake houses. They were a part of the Women's Federated Clubs of Petoskey.
The minutes of each Woman's Club meeting were carefully written in several notebooks, currently in the archives of the Little Traverse History Museum. Each year a different secretary was appointed, but they all have beautiful script handwriting. Most of the secretaries sign their names as "Mrs. Husband's Name," but a couple use their own first names.