Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989
Collection Number SC 2080
Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano, October 1989
Revised by: Kate Morris September, 2013
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989, bulk 1955-1966
Collection No.: SC 2080
Creator: Lanier Garden Club
Extent: 3 flat boxes; 1.3 linear feet
Abstract: The Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989, bulk 1955-1966, consist of ten scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photos, club programs, and one yearbook.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research
Use Restrictions: None
Preferred Citation: Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989, SC 2080, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Acquisition Information: Collection is on deposit from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, October, 1989.
Other Formats Available: None
Bio/Historical Note: The Lanier Garden Club came into existence on October 15, 1954, and was named after the poet Sidney Lanier, a former confederate soldier, who had visited Rockingham County on several occasions. The club flower was the rose and the club’s motto was “Nature is the Art of God.” In December of 1954 the club became a member of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. In 1957 the Harrisonburg Council of Garden Clubs was formed and 7 local garden clubs, including the Lanier Garden Club, became members. The group participated in flower arrangement contests, organized social events, held film showings and instructional sessions on different aspects of growing and arranging flowers, and contributed to “community beautification” by planting flowers at various locations and participated in community service at local hospitals and nursing homes.
Scope and Content:
The Lanier Garden Club Records, 1955-1989, bulk 1955-1966, consist of 10 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photos, club programs, and yearbooks that detail club activities and list members and elected officers. The 1989 yearbook, listed in the original inventory of materials, is missing.
Arrangement: This collection of scrapbooks is arranged chronologically in 3 flat boxes.
Related Material: Similar collections include the Spotswood Garden Club records, 1924-2001, SC 3090, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.