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Emma Roach Smith - The First President of the Amelia Pride Book Club of Rock Hill     Emma Roach Smith - The First President of the Amelia Pride Book Club of Rock Hill

Emma Roach Smith – The First President of the Amelia Pride Book Club of Rock Hill

AMELIA PRIDE BOOK CLUB OF ROCK HILL RECORDS, 1896-2003 (Accession 112)

 The Amelia Pride Book Club of Rock Hill, founded in 1896, is Rock Hill’s oldest book club and “was formed for the main purpose of exchanging books of a high type of biography, history, literature and fiction” since there was no library in 1896. The club was named in honor of “Mrs. Amelia Pride, a citizen of Rock Hill who was very intellectual and influenced the young people for cultural living and enjoyment.” Later the club became a social, literary, cultural and philanthropic club. The Amelia Pride Book Club of Rock Hill Records consists of a historical file, minutes, constitution and bylaws, correspondence, photographs, program notes, newspaper clippings, yearbooks, Winthrop publications and a scrapbook all pertaining to the origin, growth, and literary activities of the club.

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