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Ravinia History - Club Formed in Ravinia in 1911 by Local Woman to Promote Education

Saturday, June 08, 2013

By Nancy Webster, Archivist - Highland Park Historical Society

In 1911, 16 women met to discuss the need for a women's organization in Ravinia. (Although Highland Park annexed Ravinia in 1899, the club and other inhabitants continued to use "Ravinia, Illinois" on stationery and letters.) After considering the name Educational Club, Mesdames White, Falch, Griswold, Wonser, Buck, Brown, Ebeling, Wilder, Leaming, Bott, Bergman, Fearing, Carr, Chinlund , Greig and Seymour decided on Woman's Civic Club of Ravinia. Lettie Wagner Buck served as first president. Men were not excluded.

The new club decided to "choose for our first endeavor that issue which we could unanimously support" — education.

Members of the Woman's Civic Club of Ravinia celebrate Washington's Birthday at the Ravinia Village House and former Ravinia School House. Donated to the Historical Society by the Leaming family.

In its first three years, the club created the Educational Supplemental Fund and raised close to $3,000 for a new school building for Ravinia School, teacher salary supplements and educational enhancements. The club led efforts to hold a special election to raise money, including providing transportation to the polling place at Lincoln School. The measure passed on Saturday, May 12, 1912. The (former) School District 108 school board assumed funding of many of the club's educational programs. But the club continued to be an integral part of Ravinia School, founding and funding a Boys Club, the Kindersymphony Orchestra, playground equipment and supervision, and much more.

The new Ravinia School opened in fall 1913 adjacent to the old school building, which became the club's "Village House."

The club changed its name to Ravinia Woman's Club in 1928 and merged with the Highland Park Woman's Club in 1968. Ravinia School has undergone multiple expansions and renovations around the 1913 structure. Webster is the archivist at the Highland Park Historical Society. This article was written using resources in the society's Archives and Research Collections, funded in part by Henry X Arenberg Archives Preservation Fund. See for more information.

[Ravinia] Village Song

Tune of Boola Boola

We're neighbors and come we here to sing our Village song,
With friendly greeting as we pass among the merry throng.
We love and live together her, for neighbors are we all,
So we sing all, both great and small within the Village Hall.

Oh Ravinia, Dear Ravinia
Thus we greet you, as we meet you.
Oh Ravinia, Dear Ravinia,
Village greetings to you all.

From the February 22, 1916 Annual Washington Dinner.