Women’s Missionary Society of the First Presbyterian Church, 1915-1918

The Local History Department would like to highlight the Women’s Missionary Society of the First Presbyterian Church Records (MS 12) in conjunction with Women’s History Month.

The Women’s Missionary Society was the combination of several auxiliaries dating back to the Ladies Missionary Society founded September 19, 1876.

The Ladies Missionary Society made contributions to Thornwell Orphanage in Clinton, South Carolina.  The superintendent of the Orphanage was Dr. William Jacobs whose son later became a pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbus.  Other works include the education of a girl from China who later became a teacher in Hanchow, China.

Other societies operating alongside the Ladies Missionary Society included the Home Missionary Society, Ladies Aid’s who assisted the pastor, and the Society of King’s Daughters which worked with the Palmer Home Orphanage in Columbus.

In 1912, all of these societies merged under the heading of Women’s Missionary Society.  Their mission was “The bonding together of the women of the Columbus Church to study missions both home and foreign.  To secure funds for the spread of the Gospel and to use every effort to increase interest in all missionary endeavors, thereby obeying the Command of the Savior to give the Bread of Life to every creature.”

The records, which are located in the Billups-Garth Archives, include one record book containing minutes, a constitution, and list of members.  There are also four statistical reports on the local society dating 1915-1918.  The reports list information such as contributions, list of officers along with their addresses, and an analysis of the programs in which the society has been involved.

The collection offers a glimpse into the work and service women engaged in outside the home in the early 20th century.

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