Upcoming Events

10/23/19 – Movie Night at the Mansion – 6:00 – 8:15 PM – Showing “Iron Jawed Angels”, starring Hillary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Julia Ormond and Angelica Huston.  Defiant young activists take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. Serving cider and popcorn. BYOB Fee: $5.00    RSVP: Mail check, payable to Woman’s Club of Erie, to Marci Cashman, 2906 North Birch Run, Erie, PA, 16506.

10/26/19 – Nightmare on Myrtle Street (annual Halloween party) – 5:30 – 9:00 PM – Guest speaker, Stephanie Wincik, author, prizes, Skull Hunt, raffle, serving spirits and a frightfully delightful dinner prepared by Sabella’s. RSVP: Mail check in the amount of $30.00, payable to The Woman’s Club of Erie, to Judy Husted, 2520 Kosiorek Drive, Erie, PA, 16509 or call 814-450-3199 for credit card payment.

11/8/19 – Christmas in the Mansion Adult Reception and Boutique – 6-9:00 PM – $25.00 (non member); $20.00 (member, two ticket limit). Jeff Gibbens Trio performing. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Complimentary wine & beer. Beautifully decorated for the holiday season by local florists (Gerlach’s Garden & Floral Center, Joel’s Flower Shoppe, Larese Floral Design, Plantscape Greenhouses, Potratz Florist Shop Greenhouses, and Vintage Wonderland & Curiosity Shop). Tour and shop at one of Erie’s historic Victorian homes. Featuring unique arts and wares presented by local artisans including gourmet items and specialty shops. Baskets and decorated wreaths and miniature Christmas tree raffle. Electric train and lighted village display. Tickets available through credit card (814-450-3199) or by sending check, made payable to The Woman’s Club of Erie, to Marci Cashman, 2906 N. Birch Run, Erie, Pennsylvania, 16506. Begin your holidays with Christmas in the Mansion.

11/9/19 – Christmas in the Mansion House Tour & Boutique – 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

11/10/19 – Christmas in the Mansion House Tour & Boutique – Noon – 4:00 PM

Beautifully decorated for the holiday season by local florists, tour and shop in one of Erie’s historic Victorian homes.

11/22/19 – I-X Center Christmas Connection, Cleveland, Ohio = Shop ’till you drop at over 700 booths filled with unique gifts, crafts and festive, live entertainment and enjoy dinner at BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse in Mentor, Ohio. Includes motor coach transportation, continental breakfast and dinner, all fees and tips, including driver tip. For more information, call 814-873-9603.

12/1/19 – Christmas at Biltmore Plus, Asheville, NC – Fully decorated for the holidays, Biltmore will include a special exhibit of the Downton Abby costumes. Visit Carol Sandburg’s home, Connemara Farms, a National Historic Site, located on 264 acres that includes several buildings and usually a writer-in-residence. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, a former NASA facility located on 200 acres in the middle of the Pisgah Forest. Lunch at the Appalachian Artisan Center. Continue onto the Shelton house, a heritage museum from 1875 that features North Carolina crafts and agricultural displays. Dine at Apolo Restaurant and more. Accommodations at the Comfort Suites Outlet Center in Asheville. Tour includes motor coach transportation, 4 days & nights, 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, all fees and tips, including driver tip. For more information, call 814-873-9603.

12/6/19 – Puttin’ on the Ritz Jazz and Art Gallery Evening – 7:00 – 10:00 PM – A participant in the Art Museum Gallery Night featuring entertainment, light refreshments, complimentary wine, and raffle. There will be artist demonstrations between 7:30 – 9:30 PM. Artwork will be on display and available for purchase by over 14 artisans. Self-guided tour of historic home. All guests entered into a “Puttin’ on the Ritz miniature Christmas Tree.” Free admission.

Erie Gives Day Check Presentation

Thank you to all who participated in the Erie Community Foundation’s Erie Gives Day 2019. The Woman’s Club of Erie is grateful for this wonderful opportunity and to all who consider our preservation efforts of our historic clubhouse a worthy cause. Pictured above (left to right) are: Judy Santone Husted, W.C. President, Michael Batchelor, Erie Community Foundation Executive Director, and Marci Cashman, W.C. Treasurer.

Preservation Erie Presents Greater Erie Awards

The Woman’s Club of Erie was selected as one of the six 2018 Great Erie Awards by Preservation Erie in the Preservation Excellence Category. For the past six years, Preservation Erie has been recognizing local businesses, individuals and organizations that embody their mission to promote, preserve, and enhance the distinctive character of greater Erie through community-based planning, design, and historic preservation. This year’s 2018 Great Erie Awards recipients were recognized during the annual Greater Erie Awards presentation at Jr.’s Last Laugh on Wednesday, April 25.

Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Supports Clubhouse Preservation Efforts

Treasurer Marci Cashman, Grant Writer and Member Melinda Meyer, and President Judy Husted attended September 14 news conference at the Erie Zoo for the purpose of receiving the good news that the Woman’s Club was chosen as one of the Community Assets Grant recipients. The grant award of $6,522 will be applied to the tuck-pointing estimated at $21,480.00 for the Clubhouse.

Pictured left to right are Gary Lee, Erie County, Dave Sample, ECGRA Board, Treasurer Marci Cashman, Member Melinda Meyer, President Judy Husted, Mike Paris, ECGRA Board, Ashley Lawson, Gannon University, and Perry Wood, ECGRA Executive Director.

Raise the Roof Campaign

Nine  (9) years ago, the Woman’s Club of Erie began a gradual repair and replacement program on the roof of their 125-year-old clubhouse, the former Davenport and Winifred Galbraith mansion located at 259 West Sixth Street.  The mansion was built at a cost of approximately $60,000.00.  Located in the historic area on West Sixth Street between Perry Square and Gridley Park, it was selected and given “Significant” status in September 1984.

Initially, Northwest Restoration, Inc.  was hired and began repairing the channels and internal gutters (that run in the eaves), and replacing missing or broken red slate tiles.  The red slate tiles are harder and more durable than the more commonly used gray slate, thus more expensive.

To date, the north facing section of the roof has been completed and 80% of the eastern side at a cost of $40,000.00.  To complete the remaining southern and western portions of the roof estimated at $200,000.00, the Woman’s Club of Erie has initiated a “Raise the Roof Campaign.”  To date, $60,000.00 has been raised through events and donations.  Anyone interested in contributing to the Raise the Roof Campaign can send their tax deductible donation made payable to The Woman’s Club of Erie to:

The Woman’s Club of Erie
259 West Sixth Street
Erie, Pennsylvania  16507

A cardboard miniature of the mansion created by Steve Giewont and decorated by Lainie Addessi is on display and available to receive roof donations.  Individuals can sign a paper tile and adhere it to the roof of the miniature.

Cardboard House

A Brief History of the Organization

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. GFWC members are in every state and more than a dozen countries. Their goal is to promote civic involvement in their communities, advancing education as well as preservation of the arts and culture all the while promoting healthy lifestyles.

The GFWC owes its beginnings to Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist who in 1890, due to her gender, was denied admittance to a dinner at an all-male press club honoring Charles Dickens.  This spurred her to form the famous women’s club, Sorosis – a “centre of unity” that had neither a charitable nor socio-economic purpose, but sought “collective elevation and advancement.” As women’s clubs began forming across the country, they became a center of educational advocacy and a sort of college for older women who wanted to learn.  Croly formed the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1890, to support clubs throughout the nation and further their efforts at providing education, improved working conditions, health care, scholarships and other reforms.

Today the GFWC boasts over 100,000 members.

Among the many accomplishments of the GFWC are:

  • Founding more than 75 percent of our nation’s libraries
  • Developing Kindergarten programs in public schools
  • Working for food and drug regulation
  • Leading the drive for emergency relief support for efforts from World War I

The Woman’s Club of Erie is a 501c3 philanthropic organization that aims, through its various fund raisers, dinner and speaker series, to improve the lives of women and children in the Erie community.

The Woman’s Club of Erie began in 1897 and was federated in 1898. Since its beginnings, the organization has been a champion  to numerous civic causes in the Erie community, i.e., the  founding of the Visiting Nurses Association and the Erie Unit of the American Cancer Society in 1945,  donating to the Juvenile Diabetes foundation, Shriner’s Hospital, the Second Harvest Food Bank, House of Healing, Erie DAWN, Erie Zoological Society, Inner-City Neighborhood Art House, The Humane Society of NW PA, The Caring Place and Safe Net–a temporary shelter for abused and displaced women and their children–just to name a few. The mansion, purchased in 1921 from Winifred Galbraith, who was also a Woman’s Club member, is currently utilized as a meeting place for members.