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Century-old artifacts lost in fire that destroyed historic Huntington Beach Woman's Club building

May 3, 2011 |  8:09 am

The clubhouse on fire.

Officials believe a fire that destroyed the historic Woman's Club of Huntington Beach building took with it a century's worth of artifacts.

Elaine Craft, who is also the club's second vice president, said among the items presumed lost were an antique grand piano, dishes the club once served lunches on and paper records that extended back decades.

"That was just it," Craft said. "The whole thing was gutted."

According to local historian Chris Jepsen, the Woman's Club moved into the building in 1916 and remodeled it with an addition in back 10 years later. The building itself, originally surplus school property, dates to 1910.

"They were part of a larger movement in the U.S.," said Jepsen, an assistant archivist for Orange County. "The women's clubs and the Federation of Women's Clubs were something that really came out of the post-Civil War years. They were all over the country, and they did this kind of thing in communities all over America."

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-- Michael Miller, Huntington Beach Independent / Times Community News

Photo: The clubhouse on fire. Credit: Mike Orr / For Times Community News