MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Thursday, the League will host a public reception at the Museum of the Southwest from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in celebration of its 70th anniversary.
Junior League of Midland was founded as the Midland Service League March 3, 1949, by 28 visionary women.
The founding volunteers’ first project was the creation of a central index file for use by The American Red Cross, The Children’s Service League, Midland County Child Welfare Unit, Salvation Army, Midland County and Midland-Ector-Howard County Health Unit.
The second project was the Children’s Story Hour held every Saturday morning at the Midland County Library.
The purpose of this project was to show children the endless possibilities available to them through reading.
Support for this project continued until 1978. Other notable projects over the years include:
- Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum at Museum of Southwest: In mid-1980s, Junior League members desired to develop a children’s “hands-on” experience museum. Junior League held a community workshop on the idea in November 1985. Fredda Turner Durham donated the money to the Museum of the Southwest for the children’s museum and construction began in 1988. The children’s museum opened in February 1989 and Junior League members served as docents for the museum’s opening years. The children’s museum remains a vibrant part of the Museum of Southwest to this day.
- The Children’s Dental Clinic was established as a project in 1954. Its purpose was to provide professional dental care to the underprivileged children of Midland. The clinic was turned over to Casa de Amigos, with Junior League of Midland providing financial support until 1998. This was the longest running project of League, spanning 1954 to 1998. Casa de Amigos still provides dental care as part of its health and wellness services.
- Midland Teen Court was established as a project in 1985 and was jointly funded by Junior League of Midland, City of Midland, Midland County, and Midland Independent School District. It became its own non-profit in 1993, but Junior League of Midland has provided funding and/or volunteer support since its founding.
This event is free and open to the public.