410 Oak Grove Restaurant News

Welcome back to The Woman’s Club and 410 Oak Grove Restaurant!

Summer in Minnesota is full of so many wonderful things! Time spent by the water and in the water. Activities like mowing the lawn, fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

These last few months have challenged all of us in ways we never thought possible. It has made us more resourceful and grateful for our health and our freedoms. Currently, The Woman’s Club kitchen has been offering curbside takeout every Tuesday through Friday.

Moving into July, the kitchen is open for dining Tuesday through Friday in the 410 Oak Grove Dining Room, Clubhouse Loggia and Rooftop Patio.

The Clubhouse Rooftop Patio is one of our favorite dining spots during the summer months

Our team has been working diligently to offer our Members and guests a clean and safe environment for dining. We will be offering smaller menus that will change as needed to offer new and delicious options that allow us to consciously and effectively reopen. There is no book written or precedent for this kind of reopening, so your thoughtful requests and support of our work will be paramount to our success.

The new menu will feature favorites like the Salmon Salad and Shrimp Cobb Salad. New entrées like the Scallop Baked Walleye or the Vegan Tikka Masala Curry are available, and of course our classic house-ground beef burger with Wisconsin Cheese is on the menu as well. The desserts and soups will change daily, so be sure to ask your server about what’s new!

I also started a Chef Steph Hedrick YouTube channel during the break. So far, I have videos walking you through how to make spring rolls, pickles, crème brûlée, and even how to butcher a chicken!

I look forward to seeing you all and preparing delicious food for The Club. I truly love this kitchen and staff. Thank you for the opportunity to continue to work here and for your support as we move through uncharted waters. Together we will do great things!

Stephanie Hedrick, Executive Chef

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Club Leaders of the Past

Clara Ueland (1860–1927) was one of the original founders of The Woman’s Club in 1907, and by that time she had lived in Minnesota for 38 years and was a recognized leader. She was born in 1860 in Akron Ohio, moving to Minnesota in 1869 with her family. Initially she was a schoolteacher until she met and married Andreas Ueland, a wealthy Norwegian lawyer, in 1885. She had eight children, including Brenda Ueland, who became a journalist, editor, teacher, and writer. Clara was ahead of the times with how she raised her children, teaching “boys to do housework and encouraged the girls to go to college.”

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Head Librarian Gratia Countryman in 1907. Gratia played an instrumental role in early Minneapolis history.

She joined the suffrage movement in 1901 and was later asked to help start The Woman’s Club when 38 influential women met at the Public Library under the encouragement of Gratia Countryman, Head Librarian. She served as First Vice President and head of Programs during the first year of The Woman’s Club before taking over as Chairwoman of the Arts and Letters Department (initially, The Club was divided into three departments–one of which you joined). She continued on as the Chairwoman (although the directory lists her as “Chairman”) until 1912, when she began to take a more active role in the suffragette movement. She remained a Member of The Woman’s Club through 1920.

She founded the Equal Suffrage Organization of Minneapolis in 1913, which had both male and female members according to reports. She organized a suffrage parade in Minneapolis with nearly 2000 marchers; this is thought to have propelled her to the presidency of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association. She knew that she needed support outside of the capital cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and she mailed regular “Dear Suffragist” letters to suffrage leaders statewide, and made visits to outlying towns to give speeches.

History was made when the 19th amendment passed Congress in 1919. She attended the 1920 victory convention in Chicago and the first national congress of the League of Women Voters. Shortly thereafter, she assumed leadership of the League’s Minnesota branch. Not only did she campaign for women’s voting rights, but after that right was secured, she continued to fight to get women elected to office, all the while working hard to improve and protect children’s lives through labor laws.

Ironically, she was campaigning for stricter child labor laws at the State Capitol in St. Paul on the day she died in 1927, an activist to the end. She was struck by a truck near her home by Lake Bde Maka Ska, dying nearly immediately. A plaque in her honor is in place in the State Capital, honoring her years of activism.

Clara stands as a testament to what can be achieved when one sets their mind to it, even in the face of overwhelming hurdles. She continues to be a source of inspiration for many Club Members, and challenges us to strive for perfection and fairness in an imperfect and unfair world.

The Woman’s Club Partners in Preservation Vote


Preservation Grant Update

Thank you to everyone who voted, voted and voted for our Club throughout the Partners in Preservation Grant process. It was a wonderful opportunity for our Club to not only raise funds, but awareness of who we are what we do. Over the course of the five-week voting process we were featured on WCCO News, KARE 11 News, in Minneapolis / St. Paul Magazine, the Star Tribune and more. We even received our very own Mayoral Proclamation from Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey. A sincere thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that gave tours and worked on this event behind the scenes.

Every vote from every person throughout this wonderful month meant something. Every vote counted, because we needed everyone to place in the top 13 winners of this campaign.

We are thrilled to announce that The Woman’s Club has received more than $90,000 in grants to fund our renovation of The Assembly Theater Space.

And this grant money is entirely due to YOU. Thank you so much to all who put their time and effort into voting for us every day; we wouldn’t have won without your love and dedication! It’s been inspiring to see this amazing Minneapolis community come together for this campaign.


The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis needs your vote!

Polling opens online today at voteyourmainstreet.org/minneapolis. The Woman’s Club is competing against 19 historic properties in locations across the United States for a Main Street Grant from Partners in Preservation. Anyone with a valid email address can vote up to five times per day September 24 through October 29.

The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis hopes to win the funding to begin a multi-phase renovation of The Assembly at The Woman’s Club, a 600-seat theater that is need of updates and upgrades to better serve audiences and attract more performers. The Assembly has historically hosted diverse forms of theatrical practice and public engagement and currently fills a vital need in the Twin Cities arts community by providing a safe and accessible performance space for independent artists. With this grant The Woman’s Club hopes to complete Phase One of a three-phase renovation. Phase One includes replacing the seats and repairing the damaged floor. Club President Joanne Provo states, “We are really counting on our community and supporters near and far to cast their votes daily so that The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis can continue providing a quality performance space for the Twin Cities. This is an effort which speaks to the very core of our mission.”

This year, to mark the upcoming 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, Partners in Preservation will have a special emphasis on historic buildings and sites that celebrate the contributions of women in Main Street communities across America, both historic and modern day. Through this, Partners in Preservation will seek to uncover and raise awareness of women’s often unrecognized contributions to American history and society.

Formed in 1907, The Woman’s Club is perfectly aligned with the theme of this year’s grant program. Numerous founding members of The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis were active in women’s suffrage and one founder Clara Ueland, was the first president of the League of Women Voters. Historically, The Club advocated for public safety in tenement housing and public schools. Members worked with and continue to work with veterans, visually impaired persons, and women and children from all over the Twin Cities metro. Currently the Club engages in numerous Community Outreach
initiatives including a scholarship program with Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Shop with a Cop in partnership with the Minneapolis Police Department, a hats & mittens drive for a designated shelter / non-profit, a book drive for Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association and a school supply drive for People Serving People.

Partners in Preservation will be visiting The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis on Thursday October 17, when The Club will be hosting two Open Houses. The first from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and another from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The events are free and open to the public. There will be guided tours, complimentary appetizers and drinks in addition to live entertainment and specials in our dining room.

Created by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Partners in Preservation program has provided $24 million in support of historic places across the U.S., helping historic places in eight cities to date, including San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis, New York, and Washington, D.C. region, and has engaged more than a million people.

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.

Votes will be counted and winners announced immediately following the voting period on October 30. To vote for the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis and to learn more about Partners in Preservation visit voteyourmainstreet.org/minneapolis.