Black and white photograph of Doris Matzke is installed as BPWC president by former president June Shaver, May 1967.

Installation of BPWC president Doris Matzke

Doris Matzke is installed as BPWC president by former president June Shaver, May 1967.

Black and white photograph of Mary Vattendahl, left, presents the 1966 Woman of Achievement award to Clara Berg (center) as Bergetta Logen, a long-time Crookston resident and the BPWC’s fourth president (right) looks on, 1966.

Clara Berg, winner of the Woman of Achievement award

Mary Vattendahl, left, presents the 1966 Woman of Achievement award to Clara Berg (center) as Bergetta Logen, a long-time Crookston resident and the BPWC’s fourth president (right) looks on, 1966.

Black and white photograph of Mrs. Matzke, Miss Olson, and Miss Nelson present yellow carnations to initiates Luverne Sorenson, Deborah Hanson, Eloise Espe, and Clara Kelly at an initiation meeting for new BPWC members, 1966.

Initiation meeting for new BPWC members

Mrs. Matzke, Miss Olson, and Miss Nelson present yellow carnations to initiates Luverne Sorenson, Deborah Hanson, Eloise Espe, and Clara Kelly at an initiation meeting for new BPWC members, 1966.

Black and white photograph of (left to right): Bernice Ranz (Crookston BPWC president); Marie Bishop (chair of Minnesota District #1); are Dorothy Chadwick (Minnesota state recording secretary), October 14, 1963.

BPWC elected officials

Pictured are (left to right): Bernice Ranz (Crookston BPWC president); Marie Bishop (chair of Minnesota District #1); are Dorothy Chadwick (Minnesota state recording secretary), October 14, 1963.

Black and white photograph of Mrs. Ardis Hiller (left) and Mrs. Ross (right) at a BPWC fashion show, 1961.

BPWC fashion show

Mrs. Ardis Hiller (left) and Mrs. Ross (right) at a BPWC fashion show, 1961.

Black and white photograph of BPWC members host employers at an Elks Club banquet on Boss Night, October 1961.

Boss Night

BPWC members host employers at an Elks Club banquet on Boss Night, October 1961.

Black and white photograph of ten past BPWC presidents pose for a group photograph, 1961. From left to right: Gudvieg Norseth, Clara Berg, Belva Saugstad, Helen Espe, Clara Caouette, Frances Engebretson, Mae Rideout, Ruth Christenson, Ida Twedten, and Betty Ohman.

Ten BPWC presidents

Ten past BPWC presidents pose for a group photograph, 1961. From left to right: Gudvieg Norseth, Clara Berg, Belva Saugstad, Helen Espe, Clara Caouette, Frances Engebretson, Mae Rideout, Ruth Christenson, Ida Twedten, and Betty Ohman.

Black and white photograph of BPWC’s original charter members at the club’s fortieth anniversary celebration, 1961. Pictured (left to right) are Anna Brustad, Pauline Lohn, Mae Rideout, Ida Twedten, Sue Monroe, and Dr. Blanche Sharp.

BPWC’s original charter members

BPWC’s original charter members at the club’s fortieth anniversary celebration, 1961. Pictured (left to right) are Anna Brustad, Pauline Lohn, Mae Rideout, Ida Twedten, Sue Monroe, and Dr. Blanche Sharp.

Business and Professional Women’s Club, Crookston, 1960–1975

Crookston’s Business and Professional Women’s club (BPWC), started in 1921, was more politically active in the 1960s and 1970s than in its early years. BPWC members made sure to cast their votes for causes important to women, including equal pay for equal work and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Black and white photograph of the Bandana Square shopping complex, 1984. Photograph by Kay Shaw.

Bandana Square, St. Paul

Exterior of the Bandana Square shopping complex, 1984. Photograph by Kay Shaw.

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