Volume/Folder: Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club photographs, 1941

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Record Number: 13437
Box/Case: 84
Folder: 3098
Relates to: The Schuylkill Navy
Address: Philadelphia, PA
Date of Original: May 12 1941,May 19 1941
Original Format: Photographs › Black and white
Dimensions: 23 by 18 cm
22.9 by 18 cm
Image description:
The Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club was founded on May 4, 1938, and is the oldest active women’s club of its kind in the United States. The clubhouse, located at 14 Kelly Drive on historic Boathouse Row in Philadelphia, was built in 1861 as the home to the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society. The Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club rented this building until they were able to purchase it in 1962. The original organizers of the Club were Ruth Adams Robinhold, Gladys Hauser Lux, Lovey Farrell, and Mrs. Ernestine Bayer, who chaired the organizational meeting of the Club at which thirteen additional women became the core founders. The Club was founded because none of the other boathouses on the Schuylkill would “allow members of the weaker sex” to join their clubs. In July 1939, the Schuylkill Navy agreed to host the first women’s race on the Schuylkill River, known as an “exhibition race”, which continued through the late 1950s before the women were welcome to race in other regattas. Three doubles competed in 1939, and Ernestine and her rowing partner Jeanette Waetjen Hoover won the first exhibition race.

This online record contains six images of three photographs from folder 3098, which is labeled as "Girls Rowing Club, Philadelphia 1938-46" and contains sixteen photographs total.