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Rainbow Garden Club

May 13, 2011

UTSA Special Collection recently acquired a small collection from San Antonio’s Rainbow Garden Club. The Rainbow Garden Club is an LGBT organization devoted to broadening member’s knowledge about plants, gardening and landscape design.

Rainbow Gazette article excerpt

The club was founded in 1996 in San Antonio, Texas. Meetings usually take place on Saturday or Sunday at 11:00 am on the second or third weekend of each month and are held in members’ homes, but are occasionally held at other locations of interest, such as the San Antonio Botanical Gardens or The Antique Rose Emporium. Each meeting consists of a brief review of club business, a presentation by a guest speaker on various garden related topics, followed by a pot luck lunch, where each member brings a covered dish to share with the group.

The bulk of the collection is an incomplete run of the Rainbow Garden Club’s newsletter, Rainbow Gazette, which we are hoping to flesh out through donations from other club members. The club began distributing their newsletter electronically in 2004 and we are also hoping to acquire those digital files in a future donation from the newsletter editor, Sir Oliver Smith. Also included in the collection are membership materials and select correspondence and meeting minutes.

A guide to the Rainbow Garden Club Records can be found on TARO at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utsa/00284/utsa-00284.html and additional information about the Rainbow Garden Club can be found on their on their Yahoo Groups page – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rainbowgazette/

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