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HISTORY

The Wednesday Club of Danville, Virginia was established in 1893 by Miss Augusta Yates.  Initially, the 12 charter members wrote, researched and presented programs on a wide variety of subjects.  

As the character of the club gradually changed, its horizons broadened and its emphasis became civic endeavors.  As early as 1902-03, civic consciousness was awakened in the club as the members visited the public schools to investigate sanitary conditions.  This activity was the beginning of many improvements The Wednesday Club has brought to the area for many years.  

During both World War I and World War II, the members supported the war effort by giving hundreds of volunteer hours on the home front.  In 1927, the Club established one of its most outstanding contributions to the community, the Crippled Children’s Clinic.  Over the years thousands of patients visited the clinic and received free medical assistance.  Members were also instrumental in the establishment of the public library.  

As the Club’s membership increased, a larger space for meetings became necessary.  In 1922 a permanent home at 1002 Main Street was purchased and replaced at the same location with a new building in 1970.  Presently the membership is approximately 500.

In August 2002, the Club established The Wednesday Club Endowment.  The purpose of the Endowment is exclusively for charitable and educational projects within the community served by the Club.  Currently, members regularly tutor students in elementary schools and give many volunteer hours to the Danville Science Center and the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.  The Club makes financial donations to various organizations and they award scholarships annually to deserving high school students.

For over 100 years, The Wednesday Club’s purpose has been not only to enrich the lives of its members, but to raise the standards of culture and community service in the area.  It accomplishes this by presenting distinguished speakers and artists of the highest quality and national reputation.  The Club’s programs, which are always available to the public at no cost, are arranged by eight departments:  Art, Civics, Current Events, Drama, Education, History, Literature and Music.

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