Thursday, October 06, 2011

Five Important A.A. History Libraries, Collections, Archives - Thank you

The following letter of thanks has just been sent to: The Wilson House and its Griffith Library in East Dorset, Vermont, the boyhood home of Bill Wilson; The Dr. Bob Core Library at North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, which was the family church of the Smith family during Dr. Bob's upbringing as a youngster; the Shoemaker Room at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh where all of the important A.A. history books, papers, manuscripts, and letters of Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr. are lodged; the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Library in Akron--the last church to which Dr. Bob belonged before his death; and Ray Grumney, for many years one of the managing directors and the archivist at Dr. Bob's Home in Akron--a man who has worked tirelessly to preserve and display huge amounts of A.A. history materials all over the United States.


Thanks to each of you – and to Wilson House, North Congregational Church of St. Johnsbury Dr. Bob’s Core Library, the Shoemaker Room at Pittsburgh Calvary Episcopal church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Library, and Ray Grumney, former archivist and one of the managing directors at Dr. Bob’s Home. We appreciate your lending your name to the three conferences—Summit 1 at Crossing Church in Costa Mesa; Summit 2 at Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood; and Association of Christian Drug and Alcohol Counselors at Palm Springs.

We believe a great growth in the Christian Recovery Movement is underway, and the conferences have been a kickoff for a new world-wide collaborative effort. And to have five friendly, supportive locations where the origins and history of Christian recovery can be viewed and studied is vital. Thanks again."

Dick B., Executive Director, International Christian Recovery Coalition,

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