HISTORICAL SKETCH: PIONEER MOTHER PROJECT The Pioneer Mother Project was adopted by the North Dakota Federation of Women’s Clubs at the 1929 convention in Dickinson, North Dakota.
The primary goal of the project was to raise funds for the “erection of a memorial on the capitol grounds at Bismarck to the Pioneer Mothers of our State.” To raise funds to erect a memorial to North Dakota’s pioneer mothers, the Federation collected biographical sketches of pioneer mothers.
Currently the North Dakota Federation of Women’s Clubs has 1,852 members in 94 general clubs and one junior club.
Sources: North Dakota Federation of Women’s Clubs (MSS 10202); and the July 10, 1897.
The Pioneer Mother Project Records were officially transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota as part of the ground breaking ceremonies for the new state capitol building in August 1932.
Unfortunately, the memorial to North Dakota’s pioneer mothers never materialized. A gift agreement was signed by Alice Power August 13, 1982. Additions to the records are deposited on a regular basis, with the most recent added in October 2016. The Subject Files Subseries, 1897-1999, consists of correspondence, department reports, division reports, special project reports, committee reports, contests, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, ephemera, and published materials. The North Dakota State Golden Jubilee Club Histories were prepared by the federated clubs in 1939.
Title: North Dakota Federation of Women’s Clubs Dates: 1893-2014 Collection Number: 10202 Quantity: 22 feet, 5 microfilm rolls (roll numbers 16213-16217) Abstract: Consists of records of the state and district offices and various affiliated clubs including minutes, subject files, biographies, district annual reports, pioneer daughters club records, annual meeting programs, scrapbooks, photographs and records of the North Dakota Federation of Womens' Clubs Pioneer Mothers Project.