An early political club. Courtesy of the Women’s Museum of California

An exhibit opening Friday night will explore the role of California’s women’s clubs in promoting progress and community a century ago in the Golden State.

The Women’s Museum of California in Liberty Station examines the roots of these clubs in social gatherings that grew during the Progressive Era into a major social movement.

Formed by both middle-class white women and African Americans, the clubs focused on social reform in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, working on child labor, prison reform, suffrage, education, public health and temperance.

The special exhibit opening is at 5 p.m. on Friday, and the museum is normally open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

The museum is located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road in Barracks 16.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.