Melinda Hamline

Name: Melinda Hamline


Melinda Hamline was the wife of Methodist Bishop Leonidas Hamline. In 1866, she was chosen president of the American Methodist Ladies Centenary Association, whose purpose was to raise funds for a women’s dormitory (Heck Hall) at Garrett Biblical Institute. She also served as a trustee of the Evanston College for Ladies. In 1870 she organized the Maternal Association of Evanston, later renamed the Evanston Missionary Union (the first interdenominational organization in Evanston). It merged in 1960 with the United Church Women.

Sources: Evanston History Centre Subject Files. Evanson Women.: Newspaper Clippings, Author Unknown, Date Unknown. "Something for the Girls: Evanston Women in the Women Movement, 1954 [sic]-1920" Evanston History Centre Subject Files. Evanston Women Pre 1950: Newspaper Clippings.