Community Groups

Historical society

Year Round
Tuesdays: 9am-12pm

June-August
Tuesdays: 9am-12pm
Sundays: 10am-2pm

223 N. Carver Street

The museum is open to the public at other times upon request. For appointments or more information please contact us.

Email
winthrophistorylives@gmail.com 
Diane
507-647-2322 or 507-766-0895
Winthrop City Hall
647-5306.

The museum contains growing displays of Winthrop’s business, professional, and resident artifacts, letters, and pictures.

 

  • City of Winthrop Nativity Scene
  • Christmas in the Country Cookie Sale
  • Christmas in the Country Vendor Fair
  • Farm City Fun Fest Food Stand
  • Sibley County Santa’s Helpers
  • Flowers In The Park
  • Operation Smiles
  • SE District Art Fund
  • SE District Scholarship Fund
  • Winthrop Library Friends
  • Winthrop Art Fair
  • Winthrop Area Arts Society
  • Farm City Fun Fest Parade Entry
  • Winthrop Good Samaritan Projects
  • Winthrop City Park Veterans Memorial

Founded in 1920, the Winthrop GFWC is a member of the Southeast District of GFWC of Minnesota. The state GFWC was founded in 1895 and is a member of a seven-state region that includes the states of Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.

The Winthrop chapter meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. upstairs in City Hall.  Agenda items include a business meeting, educational trips, community events, tours and a dessert and beverage. Dues are $25 a year. We are always looking for new members and our meetings are always open to the public.

The General Federation of Women’s clubs had its origins in 1890 when Sorosis, a women’s literacy club founded by journalist Jane Cunningham Croly, issued invitations to other women’s literacy clubs to form an umbrella organization with the goal of uniting “women’s clubs to enhance community service by volunteers throughout the world.” The resulting body elected Charlotte Emerson Brown as its first president. Five thousand clubs had joined by 1906 and had embraced the GFWC’s national agenda. The organization’s goals included the establishment of an eight-hour workday, an end to child labor, the reform of civil service and conservation. One of the group’s important early victories was a massive letter writing campaign that was instrumental in passing the Pure food and Drug Act. For some years in the early 1900s, the GFWC was the largest national women’s organization before being overtaken in membership by the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Its national membership peaked at 1,700,000 in 1914, the same year the organization finally agreed to lend its support to the suffrage movement. During the 20th century, the GFWC remained dedicated to community-based volunteer services. Major achievements of the GFWC include establishing a large number of public libraries, assisting in the passage of child labor laws, and helping establish the National Park Service. During the 1990s, with local clubs in all 50 states and in more than 20 countries, the organization addressed such issues as literacy, discrimination against women, family and child welfare and world hunger.

General Federation of Women's Clubs

Motto: “Unity in Diversity”

The Winthrop General Federation of Women Club (GFWC) is involved in several projects in Winthrop and Sibley County.

The club also provides networking and leadership opportunities for members.

Barb Dietl
507-766-5872

WINTHROP FOUNDATION

The Winthrop Area Foundation was established in 2003 with generous gifts from area residents.  The endowment itself, which continues to grow, is an affiliate fund of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

For tax-deductible donations or memorials
Winthrop Area Foundation
PO Box 172
Winthrop, MN 55396

For more information about applying
 Mike Burns
mike.burns507@gmail.com
Foundation Board President

  • The Winthrop Alumni Association
  • Winthrop Historical Society
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Winthrop General Federation of Women
  • Santa’s Helpers
  • Winthrop Library Friends
  • Winthrop Emergency Management
  • The “Welcome to Winthrop” sign project
Thank You!

The Winthrop Foundation Board
Amy Burns, Moriah Trebelhorn, Jack Anderson, Erin Dietrich.

Winthrop Area Foundation 2016 Grant Guideline and Application

The Foundation’s Grant Program will accept applications annually.  All applications for 2016 are due by December 09, 2016.

All applications must include the Winthrop Area Foundation Grant Cover Page, narrative and follow guidelines.

For a copy of the grant guidelines and an application, click here.

Winthrop Area Foundation 2016 Grant Guideline and Application

The Foundation’s Grant Program will accept applications annually.  All applications for 2016 are due by December 09, 2016.

All applications must include the Winthrop Area Foundation Grant Cover Page, narrative and follow guidelines.

For a copy of the grant guidelines and an application, click here.

 

 To donate now

Click here for our page on GiveMN.org

GFW Dollars for Scholars

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