Dorcas Circle, Carson Mennonite Brethren Church

The Dorcas Circle, organized in Cottonwood County's Carson Township in 1936 and later known as the Women’s Mission Society (WMS), served as the backbone of the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church’s strong missions program. Working in supportive capacities, members of the circle impacted church and community life without taking on pastoral roles.

Color image of Somali women pray in the women’s prayer room at Dar Al-Hijrah during the holy month of Ramadan. 2013.

Ramadan and Eid at Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque

Somali women pray in the women’s prayer room at Dar Al-Hijrah during the holy month of Ramadan. Photographed by Mohamud Mumin, 2013.

Black and white photograph of an Easter party at Phyllis Wheatley House, Minneapolis (Ethel Ray Nance, center right), ca. 1927.

Easter party at Phyllis Wheatley House

Easter party at Phyllis Wheatley House, Minneapolis (Ethel Ray Nance, center right), ca. 1927.

Black and white photograph of individuals starting a hike from Phyllis Wheatley House with Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance), 1926.

Starting a hike from Phyllis Wheatley House

Starting a hike from Phyllis Wheatley House with Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance), 1926.

Black and white photograph of Ethel Ray Nance, ca. 1945.

Ethel Ray Nance

Ethel Ray Nance, ca. 1945.

Black and white photograph of Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance; far right) with Myrtle Hultberg, Mabel Jackson, and an unknown individual, ca. 1922.

Ethel Ray with friends

Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance; far right) with Myrtle Hultberg, Mabel Jackson, and an unknown individual, ca. 1922.

Black and white photograph of the Phyllis Wheatley House diamond ball team, summer 1926. Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance) stands at the far left.

Phyllis Wheatley House diamond ball team

Phyllis Wheatley House diamond ball team, summer 1926. Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance) stands at the far left.

Black and white photograph of Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance), 1917. From the 1917 Duluth Central High School yearbook, Zenith.

Ethel Ray

Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance), 1917. From the 1917 Duluth Central High School yearbook, Zenith.

Nellie Francis, 1912. From the St. Paul Appeal, July 27, 1912, p.3.

Nellie Francis in the "St. Paul Appeal"

Nellie Francis, 1912. From the St. Paul Appeal, July 27, 1912, p.3.

Nellie Francis and the Folk Song Coterie, from Musical America, August 3, 1910.

Nellie Francis and the Folk Song Coterie

Nellie Francis and the Folk Song Coterie, from Musical America, August 3, 1910.

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