Dear Nineteenth Century Charitable Association Members: 

How are you doing in this time of everchanging rules and concern for our national health ?  I hope you are all OK. 

I miss seeing you. We had such lovely energy while sharing camaraderie at our warm and friendly luncheons, our excellent educational experiences, and our beautiful building.  Hopefully you are keeping some of that spirit alive while being limited by measures put in place by our governments. The Nineteenth Century is following government guidelines. 

I want to assure you that your Nineteenth Century leaders are meeting to put measures in place to keep you and our staff safe. We also want to maintain our beautiful building and assure the organization is financially stable.  As the government guidelines change, we adapt.  


  1. We are being optimistic and planning on pandemic rules easing by the end of April.  We are cancelling all lunches and programs until April 27.  On April 27, we are having one of our fantastic music programs.  At 1:15 PM , Miniature Masterpieces will feature Violinist Sara Su Jones and her partner WFMT‘s Dennis Moore.  They will present a recital of short works for violin and piano.  Some of the selections include favorites by Kreisler, Massenet and Sarasate.  I look forward to seeing you there.
  2. Our luncheons will resume on April 27 at Noon.
  3. Our Member business meeting will also take place on April 27 at 10 AM.  At this meeting we will vote on nominated officers, find out the status of our organization and hear about planned activities for 2020-21 fiscal year.  Please mark your calendars and come at 10 AM.
  4. Since the Village of Oak Park has asked us to remain in our homes, the building will not be open for committee meetings until that restriction is lifted.
  5. You might find that we will have more fun activities this summer to help us continue to enjoy each other and to further our mission.
  6. Our scholarship team is poised to move forward to choose our scholarship recipients for the 2021-22 school year.
  7. Any changes to programming will be announced April 17.
  8. Our community partners will not be using the building until their gatherings are within government guidelines.
I wish you creativity in keeping these special days full and happy. I wish the country to be returning to normal so that our April 27 return will be doable.
SMILE!  And most importantly, Stay healthy!
Susan Roberts, Board President