In Memory of Rose Cecil O’Neill (1874-1944) Artist, Illustrator, Writer & Sculptor
2009 was the 100th Anniversary of the first appearance of the Kewpies in the Ladies Home Journal, December 1909
Rose O’Neill is known as the mother of the Kewpie, Scootles, and Ho-Hos. Her illustrations were carried by the foremost magazines of her time: Puck, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Delineator, Woman’s Home Companion, Truth, Brooklyn Life, Up To Date, and many more. Her illustrations also appeared in popular period books, authored by Harry Leon Wilson, Maude Radford Warren, Josephine Daskam Bacon, Parker Fillmore, Lenora Mattingly Weber, and Witter Bynner.
The International Rose O’Neill Club Foundation ("IROCF") was founded in 1967 with the Aims and Objectives to preserve and perpetuate the memory and works of Rose O’Neill, to promote the cultural arts, and to hold an annual celebration in Branson, Missouri, to be known as Kewpiesta. The Club continues to provide scholarships to aid needy talented students in the area of arts, in keeping with the philosophy of Rose O’Neill to help others as she did in her lifetime and will establish a suitable memorial to Rose O’Neill.