Silvia Ros

Miami Beach Womens Club
Location: Miami, Florida
Nationality: Cuban American
Biography: Silvia Ros is a Cuban-American, Miami-based photographer with a master’s degree in architecture. After a decade as a museum photographer, she launched a freelance career, concentrating not only on her own creative projects such as... read on
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Miami Beach Womens Club
Credits: silvia ros
Date of Work: 04/22/08 - 07/19/19
Updated: 07/19/19
Location: Miami Beach, Fl
In 1926, Miami Beach was a budding resort town on a barrier island, off the coast of the growing metropolis Miami. Winter time residents were flocking to the sunny beaches from up north, but few had relationships with the community. Mrs. Clayton Sedgewick Cooper wanted to change that. She created an organization and sent out an invitation to the women of Miami Beach, and founded the Miami Beach Women’s Club.  The objective of the club was to establish a basis of friendship between the residents of Miami Beach and that they may become an integral part of the life of the city. In their own papers the MBWC stated that ‘in order to hold a group a women together they must not be given high ideals, they must have practical constructive work.’ And over time what they did was quite remarkable.
A desire to develop the cultural life of the community led the members to concentrate their early efforts in the creation of the Miami Beach Public Library, they begun with a book drive that yielded 899 donated books.
In 1942 they evacuated their clubhouse so that the US Armed Forces could use their building as classrooms and for training, they sold war bonds and stamps to support the troops, and sewed for the Red Cross. Later they were recognized by President Reagan for their ‘charitable and civic endeavors’.
On April 22nd, 2008, a fire destroyed their clubhouse, which by that time had been donated to The Wolfsonian-FIU. The membership photos that survived the fire reflect not only the history of Miami Beach, but lives of the women who were identified only by their husbands’ names.

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