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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

130 years of Plainfield clubs and organizations in new exhibit

Plainfield Elks Club in an undated postcard.
Building on the left has been replaced by
Investors Bank.
(Image courtesy Plainfield Public Library)
Plainfielders can get a glimpse of 130 years of local clubs and organizations in a new exhibit mounted at the Plainfield Public Library.

A special treat is a rare panoramic photo of African American Masons attending their 1937 state convention in Plainfield.

As would be expected in a community that was rock-ribbed Republican for much of its history, there are items from the Reform Club, which was a temperance organizaiton, and the Union Club, a staunchly conservative men's social club that catered to Plainfield's Wall Street set in the 1880s.

Clubs singled out for this exhibit include the Elks, Boy and Girl Scouts, the Laurel League, the Shakespeare Club and the Plainfield Camera Club.

The much-loved and warmly remembered Ric-Charles Choral Ensemble is also featured.

In all, 20 organizations are featured in this show -- the library has records of more than one hundred clubs and other groups -- and include photos, postcards, letters, programs and other memorabilia.

The exhibit is mounted in the display cases on both levels of the Library at 8th Street and Park Avenue. The Plainfield Public Library is an accessible building. Parking available in the 8th and 9th Street parking lots.

For more information about library hours and programs, visit the library's website at

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