Helen Walpole Brewer was born in Birmingham,
Alabama, in 1911, the daughter of Clifton Lewis and Helen MacDonald James Brewer. She
moved with her family to New York City in 1929.
Helen's first love was the theatre. She was an actress, radio
script writer, and critic. In 1986 she published her autobiography Irresistible Magic,
an interesting and entertaining account of her life and experiences in the New York City
theatre world. She donated the entire proceeds from the sale of the book to The United
Daughters of the Confederacy Magazine Fund.
Helen also loved her Southern heritage, and in 1971 she joined Mary
Mildred Sullivan Chapter 1386, UDC, New York City. She belonged to numerous heritage
societies. Helens interest in genealogy grew, and she was especially interested in
and proud of her Virginia ancestors.
In 1980 Helen moved to Richmond to have more immediate access to area
research facilities. She transferred her UDC membership to Janet Randolph Chapter 1932.
The new addition to the Memorial Building that was
dedicated on November 10, 1996, was made possible through the generous bequest from Helen
Walpole Brewer. She truly remembered and showed her love for the UDC, even after her
death. She believed that the UDC should have a library to assist members and non-members
alike as they pursue their interest in Confederate and Southern history.