AUBURN — Tizz Crowley, a member of the Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County, recently conducted research in the club’s historical records collection, which includes meeting minutes, program booklets and scrapbooks dating back to the 1890s.

She was on a successful mission to find information about a local woman, Dr. Elizabeth Horr, who was a doctor in this community in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Crowley confirmed her belief that Horr was a member of WLU in the early 1900s and hopes her findings will be shared later this month on National Doctor’s Day, held each year on March 30.

The collection at WLU offers researchers an opportunity to glimpse the past accomplishments of local women who helped establish the first kindergartens and playgrounds in the area, promoted home economics and industrial arts in schools and better pay for teachers, and created beautification projects throughout the Twin Cities, which included the planting of trees to honor local women.

Organized in 1892, the Woman’s Literary Union is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to further the intellectual, cultural and educational advancement of its members and the community, and preserve the nationally registered Horatio and Ella Foss Mansion.

Those interested in accessing this historical collection should call 753-0931 or email [email protected] for more information.

WLU’s clubhouse is at 19 Elm St.


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