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March is National Women's History Month

Updated: Apr 7

Women's History Month is a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the US since 1987. It is a time to recognize and celebrate the women in our lives, our community, our country and our world for the amazing things that they are doing to promote science, the arts, society, media and so much more.

GFWC Manassas has a rich history of serving the community starting with a group of 12 women, previously called The Good Housekeeping Club of Manassas, decided to re-organize under the name of The Woman’s Club of Manassas. On March 9, 1927, the Club voted to join the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. New members were immediately

added and the list of charter members numbered 24. Final federation was on November 17, 1927. The motto accepted by the club when it was organized was “An effort made for others lifts us above ourselves.”

Throughout the years, the club has had many projects from supporting the Crippled Children's Hospital in Richmond beginning in 1926, beautifying public buildings, and in 1928 began the annual flower show. The club members contributed to the war effort by serving on the rationing board and draft board and even as airplane spotters from the cupola of City Hall.

The club started the first public library in Prince William County in 1950, and the original nativity scene as well as the replacement in 2001 that is now in Nelson Park. The 1960's brought the founding of the Prince William Hospital Auxiliary by the club. In 1990 the club began a Community Improvement Project which has resulted in the restoration of the Southern Railway Caboose in Old Town Manassas.

The long tradition of strong, committed women in the Manassas community continues to this day.

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