Cornelius Recreation Club Minutes and Constitution, 1947

Title

Cornelius Recreation Club Minutes and Constitution, 1947

Description

The minutes for the Cornelius Recreation Club, describing the events and fundraisers they engaged in during their first year of operation, 1947. The club's constitution and a list of about 60 members is also included.

The Cornelius Recreation Club succeeded the earlier "Commercial Club." Their stated purpose was "to provide recreational activities for both the young and older people of the community." Their regular social activities included dances, sports, picnics and holiday parties.

The Club also hosted several "minstrel shows" in the late 1940s for fundraising purposes. These offensive musical plays featured white community members wearing blackface and dressed in clownish outfits, denigrating African American people and traditions. These shows were presumably given to all-white local audiences. The 1947 records here show some of the process that the club followed in planning their first minstrel show in 1948.
This is one item from a collection of materials that once belonged to the Cornelius Recreation Club, which was active in Cornelius, Oregon from 1947-1950. Their stated purpose was "to provide recreational activities for both the young and older people of the community," and their regular social activities included dances, sports, picnics and holiday parties. The Club also hosted several minstrel shows. These offensive musical plays featured white community members wearing blackface and dressed in clownish outfits, denigrating African American people and perpetuating racist stereotypes. These shows were presumably given to all-white local audiences.

Date Created

1947

Language

English

Identifier

CORtxt_RG2_23

Rights

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