The glorious future which we hear predicted for the coming
woman is all a myth - it cannot be - for Woman has had her day. She can now
recall the splendor of that occasion with the spirit of the old Roman who
points with pride to his country's Golden Age. It remains for us to tr-.nsfer
to immortal fame by way of the aluminum box, the record of that precious day.
It is my privlledge this evening to present to the committee on the
Preservation of Documents this account of Woman's Day as written by Mrs.
Louis Weinstein, the assistant historian of the late State Semi Centennial
Celebration held in our city. It is an exact copy of the account as it will
be preserved in the annals of Iowa. Its careful compilation accuracy, and
the good judgment displayed in the selection of details reflects great
credit upon the writer.
The various souvenir badges which were worn with pride at that time
are represented in this bundle. We are glad to place them here beyond the
ravages of moth or rust.
This Federation of Clubs had charge of Woman's Day and carried it
through successfully. We are justly proud of what success we earned, but we
are not seeking to perpetuate the memory of our efficiency in preserving
this document. What laurels we carry were earned for us by those who provided that day's program. You may consider our present action* a challenge
to future celebrations to produce a finer sentiment than that which prevailed in the program of our Woman's Day.
It is as part of the history of Iowa, only incidentally as part of
the history of the Federation that this manuscript is valuable. It is a
record of the childhood of the State. Woman's Day was granted as a tribute
to the great part taken by woman in the direction of the early life of our
commonwealth. We need not call it a tribute to the so called advanced woman
of to-day, but to that truer womanhood which is always essentially the same,
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