Town Hall Series 95th Season 2019-2020

We Welcome You to Join Us

When the Akron Woman's City Club was founded in 1923, one of its primary goals was to provide a forum for educating members about events taking place in the world.

Some of the well-known early lecturers and guests were Grand Duchess Marie of Austria; the honorable Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming, this country's first woman governor; Louise Thayden, famous woman aviatrix and winner of the First Women's Air Derby from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland in 1929; Edgar Guest, well-known homespun poet; Alice Roosevelt Longworth; Drew Pearson; and Lowell Thomas. In addition, the Club sponsored many musical programs and seminars.

No Membership Required.

Today Town Hall Series carries on this proud tradition for the Akron Woman's City Club. You do not need to be a member of the Club to enjoy these programs. As we embark upon our 95th season, here is your personal invitation to join us for this season's outstanding series.

Ticket Info

Season tickets are $40 for Club members and $45 for non-Club members. You may purchase season tickets by sending your check {payable to Akron Woman's City Club} to the Akron Woman's City Club. 732 W. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44302, ATTN:Town Hall Series. Season ticket information will be mailed out in early August to all AWCC members and former season ticket holders. Single tickets may be purchased at the door on the day or evening of any performance for $10 each.

Dinners & Luncheons

Members as well as non-members are invited to attend the dinners and luncheons held with the performances. Lunch and dinner reservations may be made by calling the Club at 330.762.6261 at least 48 hours prior to the performance. The price for Town Hall dinners are $23.  Luncheons will follow the morning performances. The price for the Town Hall luncheons will be $20


Our Speakers


February 20, 2020

David Gates

10:30 A.M.


 “On the Home Front: The many Hats of WWII"

With the war, patriots young and old donned many hats as they labored, fought, and sacrificed in their struggle to defeat the Axis Powers. Memories are stirred and stories shared as participants examine artifacts, photos, memorabilia and hats. Dave Gates started as a volunteer at the Summit County Historical Society assisting with special events and programming. After his retirement from Summit Metro Parks he started working with the education department for Remember When where he developed the outreach program on Understanding the American Hobo. Now Dave goes on the road for the Society traveling to six different
counties for Remember When presentations.  


March 19, 2020

Karen Bennett

10:30 A.M.


“Music Around and in You”

For some music is consumed. For others, it must be made throughout life. Our community is rich in resources for both. At this Town Hall program we will explore
some of the unique musical happenings in our area but more importantly put together our own ensemble. Everyone will have a chance to perform. We may not go viral but we just might go home happy. Karen Bennett is retired from the Akron Public schools but has kept busy with musical pursuits. She has directed bell choirs, a church choir, the Metro Parks Ensemble, and plays in the Tuba-Fours. She has both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Kent State University, has donated 16+ gallons of blood, and is currently approaching 3000 volunteer hours with Summit Metro Parks.


April 16, 2020

Joe Hueber Jr. 

7:30 P.M. (Club Dining at 6:15 p.m. (Optional)


“Akron Woman"s Family WWII Philippine Prison Experience”

Thompson, granddaughter of Akron’s marble king Samuel Dyke, was on her own at 18 with both parents divorced/remarried. She met and at 22 married a fellow Goodyear employee, Joe Huber Jr., from Tallmadge just before they became two of Goodyear’s first ‘Crude Rubber People”. After four adventurous years on Sumatra’s Wingfoot rubber plantation and a hiatus in the US during the depression, in 1935 the family went to the remote 4 square mile Pathfinder Plantation in the midst of the Mindanoa, Philippines jungle just after her first child, Joe Jr., was born. This is the story of Thelma and Joe bringing the family through 31 months in prison, saved from starvation death by the largest American rescue of prisoners deep behind Japanese lines, then surviving the Battle of Manila which killed 120,000, 40 in camp.


Our Town Hall Board Members

Laura Allen

Jane Ellis 

Linda Gauer

Sally Halsey 

Carol Meyers

Cindy Titus

Helen Vari



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