....Instead I'll be trotting to Home Culture & Miss Moffat—she's worth two or three Maude Adams's.
I had already thought on the possibilities of instituting a Home Culture Club in Goldsboro. It would be a splendid thing if it once got to going—if the people knew what it means. I agree with you that the beginnings would have to be very small. The thing of it is—you are dealing with people so different when you tackle the poor uneducated of a New England college town & those of a small Southern town. I never saw people so eager to learn, as they are here. Lots of them come
four & five times a week for different things. Servants with only certain nights "off" go down there to take Elocution, or dancing, or French. The worst trouble at home, it seems to me, would be in getting the people to take an interest in it. I'll speak to Miss Moffat about H.C. Clubs in general, -- in particular about the early history of this one. There may be printed records and announcements—I'll ask her. It would be rather an imposition to suggest a correspondence—she is the busiest woman I ever saw. She was speaking the other night to some women of a club about to be formed—not for study but to consist of talks on various toimages & questions that come up in common daily experience—and she said she had only one hour free—on Sunday afternoon—and it would probably be scheduled for that time. And yet when you talk with her, she is just as easy & takes as much interest in each particular want, as if that were the only thing on her mind ...
Letter from Gertrude Weil to her family, November 20, 1898
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