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Friendly Hour Club


    One afternoon in 1934, several young rural women met to start a friends group near Beresford, South Dakota.  Little did they know then that this club, the Friendly Hour Club, would become a major part of their lives and continue for 70 years. These women met the first Tuesday of each month for a brief business meeting followed by fancywork, craft projects and contest games. They also exchanged ideas, got caught up on all the local news and provided support for each other. They kept a treasury, each donating 10 or 25 cents per meeting, and every year, gave most of it to charities. But best of all, were the tasty lunches served by the hostess.

    Lifelong friendships are often a rare thing in today’s society, but these ladies had the good fortune to have shared life’s experiences and supported one another for 70 years. Fortunately, they recorded each meeting in notebooks that have been carefully preserved, so people today can be taken back in time through words. Now, a play and film tell the fictionalized stories of their lives.

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