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MHS Centennial Organization: Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg

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The Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg was begun in 1894 by six women “to keep up their interest in music…” The organization grew and prospered, and remains vibrant today, with a mandate to “encourage and advance music in the community by the presentation of outstanding artists.” In achieving this goal, the club has brought numerous prominent artists to Winnipeg to perform, many of them on the brink of a prominent career. Included among many of these have been Maureen Forrester and Glenn Gould. The club now presents five concerts each year, as well as an occasional special concert with an outstanding Canadian artist. The size, meeting venue, and musical activities have changed over the years to meet the needs of a changing community. The focus is now on young artists, many of them just starting on a career in the arts. To help in this process, the club offers five scholarships annually, whose recipients are featured in a December concert. For 111 years of musical excellence, the Manitoba Historical Society is pleased to present a Centennial Organization Award to the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg.

An MHS Centennial Organization Award was presented by Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard, Jacqueline Friesen, and Gordon Goldsborough on 3 April 2005.

Past-Presidents of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg

Past-Presidents of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg (no date)
L-R: Mrs. L. Heaton, Mrs. W. H. Collum, Mrs. C. S. Riley, Mrs. A. R. Tanner, Mrs. W. Luck.
Source: Archives of Manitoba

Presidents

Period

President

1894-1896

Kate Smith (?-1924, wife of Gerald F. Brophy)

1897-1899

Mrs. Angus Kirkland

1899-1900

Mrs. L. A. Hamilton

1900-1901

Margaret Jane Smith (1862-1915, wife of George Frederick Galt)

1901-1903

Anne Frances Harward Eastman (1866-1941, wife of Henry Ahern Higginson)

1903-1906

Mary Irene Gurney Evans (1869-1951)

1906-1907

Miss Kate Drummond

1907-1908

Mrs. Robert Bryce

1908-1909

Mrs. W. S. Grant

1909-1910

Mrs. A. B. Clark

1910-1911

Anne Frances Harward Eastman (1866-1941, wife of Henry Ahern Higginson)

1911-1913

Mrs. C. M. Weiss

1913-1918

Anne Frances Harward Eastman (1866-1941, wife of Henry Ahern Higginson)

1918-1920

Kathleen Johnson (1875-?, wife of Robert Fletcher)

1920-1923

Effie Marcella Hudgins Dafoe (c1865-1944)

1923-1926

Georgina Robinson (c1874-1966, wife of John Young Reid)

1926-1927

Edna Margaret Elliott (?-?, wife of James Bowes Coyne)

1927-1928

Jean Isabel Culver Riley (1883-1965, wife of Conrad Stephenson Riley)

1928-1929

Georgina Robinson (c1874-1966, wife of John Young Reid)

1929-1930

Mrs. J. H. Elliott

1930-1933

Gertrude Rowe Hanson Kilvert (1880-1961)

1933-1936

Jean Isabel Culver (1883-1965, wife of Conrad Stephenson Riley)

1936-1939

Annie Maude Crowe (1887-1976, wife of W. H. Collum)

1939-1942

Nell Irene Rundle (?-1967, wife of Leonard D. Heaton)

1942-1945

Annie Maude Crowe (1887-1976, wife of W. H. Collum)

1945-1948

Mrs. Harold D. Barbour

1948-1951

Mrs. Douglas G. Edmond

1951-1954

Mrs. G. Lyman Van Vliet

1955-1958

Mrs. Walter Luck

1958-1961

Phyllis Elizabeth Tod (1913-2003, wife of Arthur Robert Tanner)

1961-1962

Mrs. Margaret H. Bach

1962-1965

Margaret Adele Bain Fetherstonhaugh (1904-1975)

1965-1966

Mrs. H. Lloyd Thompson

1966-1969

Margaret Adele Bain Fetherstonhaugh (1904-1975)

1970-1971

Mrs. A. S. Majury

1971-1974

Tannis Thorlakson (wife of George Taylor Richardson)

1974-1976

Mrs. W. C. Guest

1976-1978

Mrs. J. W. G. Armytage

1978-1980

Mrs. Rosalind Dick

1980-1982

Mrs. Puddy Cunningham

1982-1984

Mrs. Lynn Nieman

1984-1986

Mrs. Peggy Roulston

1986-1988

Mrs. Nancy Mitchell

1988-1990

Mrs. Gloria Meadows

1990-1992

Mrs. Ruth Bredin

1992-1994

Mrs. Kathryn Young

1994-1996

Mrs. Virginia Heinrichs

1996-1998

Mrs. Jean Smellie

1998-2000

Mrs. Margaret Morse

2000-2002

Mrs. Wilma Woodmass

2002-2004

Mrs. Marjorie Lebrun

2004-2005

Mrs. Gloria Meadows

2005-2008

Mrs. Marjorie Lebrun

2008-2009

Mrs. Virginia Heinrichs

2009-2010

Mrs. Margaret Jeffries

2010-2012

Mrs. Carol Gamby

2012-2013

Mrs. Margaret Kellermann McCulloch

2013

Mrs. Carol Gamby

2013-2015

Kathryn A. Young

2015-2017

Diane Kubas

2017-2019

Laurel Malkin

2019-2021

Alison Baldwin

See also:

“With Every Note Played”: A History of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, 1894-2014
by Kathryn A. Young, Winnipeg, 2014

Sources:

Obituary [Annie Maude Collum], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1976, page 55.

We thank Mary Lynn Duckworth for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 January 2021

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