Brief History of the Women’s Committee

The Women’s Committee was established by the Board of Trustees in 1963.  Two major challenges faced the Board: a controversial bond issue to finance the 1974 wing and the restoration of the Walters house, which had been badly damaged by fire.

The twelve original members first tackled the renovation of the Parlor.  To fund this project, they established a three-day cooking school taught by a famous chef.  The annual cooking school flourished for 15 years.  An outgrowth of the cooking school was the first museum cookbook Private Collections, which gained national acclaim and is now in its sixth and final printing.

Subsequently, proceeds from the Egyptian Bazaar, the Book Fair, lectures and luncheons, Discovery Tours, Art Blooms and the Jewelry Fair have enabled the Committee to support and promote the interests of the Walters Art Museum.