The Newberg Area Historical Society is embarking on a mission to present the unique history of Newberg through signage. Newberg has a rich history and is blessed with a downtown that largely reflects this history. The signage is intended to help our community members establish deeper connections to our city and our roots.
By Rachel Thomas A mysterious box full of letters was recently donated to the Newberg Area Historical Society. Upon opening, we discovered that it was the correspondence of an organization called the "Friendly Club." With such a name, we at first assumed it must be part of the local Friends Church, but to our surprise, it was actually a separate organization, unrelated to the Quakers. The Friendly Club, which ran from 1919-1960's, was a women's social club devoted to building strong friendships and building community among the women of Newberg. While engaging in charitable work. Their club poem, below, showed their values and interests: Friendly Club, by Phoebe Damewood Hill F- Is for friendly, a magic word It's golden chains your heart will gird. R- Is for royal, the banner we bear Willing each other's problems to share. I- Is for ideals, for which we stand