The La Vendimia women's club, operating from 1959 to roughly 1969, existed in the Rancho Cordova area, located approximately
11-miles east of Sacramento, California. Collection record types include photographs, brochures, certificates of acknowledgement/appreciation,
correspondence and newspaper clippings.
The La Vendimia women's club – its title, Spanish for "vintage or harvest of grapes" – was founded in 1959 in a rapidly expanding
Rancho Cordova area in an effort to meet the intellectual and social needs of women. Founding members included Gayle Coppin,
Joanne McKee, Barbara Reece and Myrtle Frank. Meeting activities included presentations on botany, floral arrangement, interior
design, hair styling, music, art, home economy, fashion and hat making, while scholarly lectures addressed everything from
contemporary literature to handwriting analysis to hypnosis to local history. La Vendimia ceased operation in 1969/70. Overall,
the collection provides a meaningful window into middle class life in Sacramento's eastern suburbs as powered by the presence
of both Mather Air Force Base and Aerojet.