Open house hosted at Heard Clubhouse this weekend

Clothing and hats from the Sorosis’ clothing collection will be on display during the Heard Memorial Clubhouse Open House hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Heard Memorial Clubhouse, at 200 W. Broadway Blvd., will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Performers from the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, including Teresa Arth, Eric Shore, Daniel Rottenberg, Faye Ballard and Brooks Christensen, will entertain during the open house.

The Heard Memorial Clubhouse was built between 1904 and 1906 as the home of John T. and Lillian Heard. Heard served in the Missouri General Assembly and in the U.S. Senate. He retired to Sedalia and was president of the Missouri Trust Company from 1901-03. He was active in local civic affairs, being part of the Good Roads Club and the Chamber of Commerce. During World War I he chaired local bond drives to raise money for the war effort. Heard’s wife Lillian loved to entertain and decorated their home with taste and style.

In 1935, Lillian established the house as a clubhouse to memorialize to her husband. The Heard Memorial Clubhouse is the home of Sorosis, a woman’s educational club, and the Helen G. Steele Music Club, a women’s musical club. She left many of her furnishings with the house. The house is, in many respects, a time capsule of the lives of a well-to-do couple in the early 20th century.

Club members will serve as docents to interpret the home and its furnishings for visitors. Clothing and hats from the Sorosis’ clothing collection will be on display. Punch and cookies will be served.

The open house will cost $5; tickets are available at the door. Proceeds will be used for repairs and maintenance of the house.

Sedalia Democrat
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