Lowell Club (Boone, Iowa)
Lowell Club was formed in Boone, Iowa, in 1887 as The Reading Circle, changing its name to The Lowell Chautauqua Circle in 1891. In 1895 it assumed its present name, Lowell Club. The Lowell Club was a charter member of the Iowa State Federation of Women's Clubs and sent delegates to the first state convention, which was held in 1892 in Marshalltown. Originally both men and women had gathered in the evenings to discuss articles that were of current interest. When the men bowed out, the women formed an afternoon reading circle in the spring of 1887. The women met weekly until the close of World War I in 1918, when for six months they met monthly, allowing more time for Red Cross and other community work. Today they meet twice a month, October through March. Most of the study of the group has been in history, literature, travel, and art.