The Houston Heights Woman’s Club was founded in 1900, part of the larger women’s club movement across the country. What began as the Houston Heights Literary Club soon outgrew the parlors of it’s members. In 1912, the Clubhouse at 1846 Harvard became the official home of the Houston Heights Woman’s Club. This Club would become part of the very fabric of the Heights neighborhood. Through volunteerism and social activities, generations of members have kept the legacy of the HHWC alive.
Today, this Club is growing while others have stalled. This is due in part to the strong bond Heights area residents feel to the neighborhood and it’s history. It can also be credited to the forward thinking nature of the women who have helmed the HHWC for the last century.
HHWC has many social events over the course of a year. The Halloween Witches’ Luncheon, regular Happy Hours, and the winter Victorian Tea are just a few of the on-going social events put on by the Club. A Spring Tea or a progressive dinner, The Porch Promenade, alternate each year. There are open houses and other social events at both the Clubhouse and out in the community.
When founding members of the Houston Heights Woman’s Club adopted a Constitution and By-Laws during the winter of 1905, they included to “aid and encourage charitable and educational interests of Houston Heights” as an important part of the Club’s purpose. The history of volunteerism and community service by members of the HHWC ranges from creation of a library at the Heights High School to working as Red Cross volunteers during both World Wars.
Today, involvement in the community continues. Each year, members dedicate hours of time and immeasurable units of talent to better our community. Members of the HHWC promote literacy by reading at a local elementary school. In 2012, the Club provided much needed cheer for kids in Reagan High Schools CIS program through a gift drive which provided over 80 gifts bags for the holidays. The Club collected almost 100 formal dresses, plus accessories and tuxedo rental gift cards, which allowed a group of needy students to enjoy their senior prom.
The arts and crafts committee has been hard at work making hand sewn toiletry bags. These bags are filled with donations from members- everything from deodorant to toothbrushes- and given to Star Of Hope homeless outreach. This
on-going project produced over 1000 bags since it was started. Most recently, members collected over 1000 books and cash donations to help revitalize the library at Browning Elementary School, which has over 95% of its students living in poverty. This project harkens back to the earliest days of the HHWC.
Membership in the Houston Heights Woman’s Club gives you the opportunity to connect with women from all walks of life. Much like the wonderful neighborhood we call home, the Club’s diverse membership includes women of different generations, backgrounds, and cultures, creating a unique atmosphere for building community. With activities as varied as arts and crafts, literature, community service, and wine and food, members are able to tailor their involvement in the Club to match personal interests and available time. The Houston Heights Woman’s Club hopes you’ll be interested in learning even more and attending an event with the members.
Please check our Event Calendar for upcoming activities! You can also see photos and stay up to date with the HHWC on our Facebook page.