The Key West Woman’s Club Board of Directors has appointed Patricia Neyra as Director-At-Large. Patricia is currently Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee, Chair of the Fantasy Fest Parade Viewing Dinner Party and spear headed the Woman’s Club’s first business sponsorship opportunities. Ms. Neyra was recently awarded Woman’ Club Woman of the Year. She is the owner of local construction company Neyra Construction and was born and raised in Key West.
The Hellings Curry Museum is the home of the 501 (c) (3) charity. The Key West Woman’s Club has been a powerful positive force in our community for 108 years. It began in 1915 with one of its main goals to get women the right to vote!
In 1920 the KWWC began creating what is now The Monroe County Library, the first library in the State of Florida located on Fleming Street. Prior to building the current library on Fleming, it had several other locations including the Woman’s Club and Hellings House Museum on Duval Street.
The Old Island Restoration Foundation which saved the historic district was the child of the Woman’s Club. The Garden Club was also a spin-off. HARC and the Tree Commission also have their roots in the Woman’s Club.
Under the leadership of President Peggy McClain, the KWWC raised one million dollars to help start Aids Help in the 1980’s, which has become AH of Monroe County, and continues to help many members of our community with health care and housing. The MCC Church started its first meetings at the Woman’s Club.
During the last ten years, the KWWC has turned the clubhouse into the Hellings Curry Museum. Visitors and locals are welcomed for to free tours to see what Eleanor Curry Hellings and her husband Martin Luther Hellings created in 1892 with ten thousand dollars provide by her father Willam Curry. The KWWC has restored the entire first floor to look as it did at the turn of the century. Plus, the members tell exciting stories about Key West and mansion’s family history. The museum is the only Curry home that has not been converted to a hotel, restaurant or bar.
To make a donation to assist with the restoration of this Key West treasure please send your check to the Key West Woman’s Club and mail to 319 Duval Street.
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