Salem Thought and Work Club

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Kate Tannatt Woods (1836-1910) founded the Salem Thought and Work Club in 1891.

Grace A. Oliver (1844-1899) was the founding vice-president of the club.

The club flourished in a time when women of means, like Grace Oliver, were in and had "a time of abounding confidence in their own version of a "regenerated world" when American women's achievements would inevitably lead to the vast outlook and the marvelous promise of the twentieth century." Oliver and the club brought a "sense of beauty, elegant practicality, and dedication to building a vibrant intellectual life to Salem, the region and Massachusetts" according to Maggie Smith-Dalton in her article.

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