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Gate Lodge greets crowds for Founders Day

6/13/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Krista Galloway
WEST AKRON — Hundreds of visitors passed through the Gate Lodge at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens the weekend of June 7-9 as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) members celebrated Founders Day. On Mother’s Day in 1935, the cottage located at the entrance to the estate was the site of the first meeting of Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson, admitted alcoholics who are credited with founding AA. The line of visitors waiting to see the site June 8 is shown at top.

Among those who visited the site that day were Jason and Kelly Zimmerer, of Toledo, who are pictured at bottom right near the Ohio historic marker there.

Darren Williams, of Wilmington, is shown at right top as he photographs one of the displays on the history of AA at the Gate Lodge.

Other Founders Day events took place at The University of Akron, Mount Peace Cemetery and Dr. Bob’s House, Smith’s West Akron home that is now a museum. Next year’s events will take place June 13-15, according to the Akron Area Intergroup Council.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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