A six-year research effort by a Jacksonville women’s group that became a more than 500-page behind-the-scenes look at Wednesday’s class women’s literary society has been named the winner of the Best of Illinois History award. Illinois State Historical Society.
“Literary Ladies: The First 130 Years of The Wednesday Class” began as an idea by Linda Ryan, Suzanne Verticchio and Cathy Green to create a pamphlet about the history of the 134-year-old Jacksonville Women’s Literary Society. The pamphlet-turned-book focuses on the members’ lives and what happened at different times. It includes photos, maps and favorite tea recipes. It provides insight into literary societies, members’ families and the community.