History • The Beginning

The Beginning • 1914

During the early years of the National Federation of Music Clubs, membership was comprised of Music Clubs throughout the country who joined that organization. As time went on, it became clear there was need for the clubs to be more closely associated, so clubs in various states formed state federations and were represented on the National Board by their (respective) state presidents.

In 1914, the Minneapolis Journal sent Miss Edna F. Hall to the National Federation of Music Clubs National Conference. Mrs. Harry W. Jones, past president of Thursday Musical, attended the conference with Miss Hall. Mrs. Harry W. Jones was elected the first Minnesota representative to the National Federation of Music Clubs.

The the organizational meeting of the Minnesota Federation of Music Clubs was held on April 14, 1921, in Minneapolis.

Organized: April 14, 1921 – Minneapolis

Present at Organization Meeting:
  • Mrs. Peter Rodange – Litchfield
  • Mrs. Wm. MacPhail – Minneapolis, Dr. James Davis – Minneapolis
  • Mr. Stanley Avery – Minneapolis
  • Mrs. Thompson – Minneapolis
  • Miss Edna Hall – Minneapolis
  • Mrs. Warner Briggs – Minneapolis
  • Mrs. L.C. Jefferson – St. Paul
  • Miss Cordelia Mansfield – Mankato
  • Mrs. Barnes – Alexandria
  • Mrs. Hattie Smith Fuller – Albert Lea
  • Mrs. Walter Walbridge – Hastings
  • Mrs. Geo. Hanson – New York City
Officers Elected:
  • President: Mrs. Peter Rodange – Litchfield
  • 1st Vice-President: Mrs. Wm MacPhail – Minneapolis
  • 2nd Vice-President : Mrs. Warren Briggs – Minneapolis
  • 3rd Vice-President: Mrs. Ernest Paacken – Duluth
  • Treasurer: Mrs. Hattie Smith Fuller – Albert Lea
  • Recording Secretary: Mrs. Walter Walbridge – Hastings
  • Auditor: Mrs. L.C. Jefferson – St. Paul
  • Historian: Miss Edna Hall – Minneapolis
Charter Clubs:
  • Beethoven Club – Albert Lea
  • Matinee Musicale – Duluth
  • Musical Art Society – Fairbault
  • Beethoven Club – Hastings
  • Litchfield Music Club – Litchfield
  • Schubert Club – St. Paul


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