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Friday, March 13, 2009

Pelham Women Stage Benefit for the "Summer School for Children" in 1900

While researching another topic, I recently ran across an unusual item in the New-York Tribune published on February 17, 1900. The item describes a benefit staged by the Junior Association at the Manor Club on February 16, 1900 to raise funds for the "Summer School for Children".

The Summer School for Children may have been the same as the Pelham Home for Children, although I have not yet established that this was the case. See Thursday, April 14, 2005: The Pelham Home for Children That Once Stood on Split Rock Road.

In the hope that I will be able to solve this Pelham history mystery, I have transcribed the brief news item below.


Westchester women and their friends united in making a success of the entertainments given yesterday at the Pelham Manor Club house for the benefit of the Summer School for Children, under the direction of the Junior Association. In the afternoon there was a magjc lantern exhibit and a gramophone concert for children, and in the evening a series of National cradle songs, sung by the young people interested in the charity. During both afternoon and evening there was a sale of articles contributed by friends. The proceeds of the entertainments will be devoted to furnishing the new building erected last summer. The Pelham Summer School is an instution conducted by prominent women of neighboring towns for the purpose of giving summer vacations to poor children of New-York City."

Source: To Benefit a Summer School, New-York Tribune, Feb. 17, 1900, p. 7, col. 2.

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