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ROGERS, May. (Dubuque, IA-- ). The daughter of Thomas ROGERS, May was a member of the Colonial Dames, D. A. R. and U. S. Daughters of 1812. She served as president of the DUBUQUE FEDERATED WOMEN'S CLUB, regent of the Dubuque Chapter, D. A. R. and chairman of Borough Number One of the Iowa Society of Colonial Dames. She was the first state correspondent of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, a member of the first board, and a signer of the articles of incorporation, May 13, 1892. The Iowa Federation was admitted to the General Federation on her motion. She was president of the DUBUQUE LADIES' LITERARY ASSOCIATION for several years. (1)

Rogers was a frequent after dinner speaker on club and patriotic themes. She was one of the principal speakers at the Semi-Centennial of Iowa, at Burlington, October, 1896. Her subject was "The Pioneer Woman and the Club Woman." She lectured in many cities across the nation. She delivered her lecture on Madame Roland in New York, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, New Orleans, Cheyenne and Oakland. During the Columbian Exposition she spoke in the Woman's building on "The Novel as an Educator of the Imagination." In 1910 she addressed the Chicago Equal Suffrage League on "The Conservation of Privilege." At the Philadelphia Biennial, G. F. W. C., May 12, 1894, she was a featured speaker on women as "A New Social Force." At the Des Moines Chautauqua in 1898, she lectured on "The Civic Duty of Women." In New York City in 1892 she spoke before the association for the advancement of women from the capitalistic point of view with the subject "Women in Relation to Labor Reform." (2)

Later she confined her lectures to Iowa history and to such patriotic themes as "Forefather's Day" and "Causes and Ideals of the Revolution." These were generally given to women's clubs. In 1892 she addressed the Chicago Women's Club banquet on the subject of "Western Women in Literature." (3)She spoke before the Iowa D. A. R. Conference in 1900, on "The Settlement of Iowa."

As a journalist she did much editorial and special reporting. In 1878 she published her Waverly Dictionary, of the 1,800 characters of Scott's novels. (4) She wrote for the Dubuque papers of her experiences in the shipwreck of the City of Chicago, off the Irish Coast, July 1, 1892.



1. "A Dubuque Book," Dubuque Herald, September 29, 1878. p. 4. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18780929&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

2. "Our Writers," Dubuque Daily Herald, April 7, 1895, p. 6

3."Notable Women of Iowa: Bright Writers and Educators of Goodly Fame," Chicago Daily Tribune, July 8, 1888, p. 14

4. Ibid.

Reves, Winona Evans. The Blue Book of Iowa Women: A History of Contemporary Iowa Women. Online:http://www.kinyon.com/iowa/iawomen1914/00538rogers.htm

Special appreciation to Pamela Brandt.