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Gate Lodge greets crowds for Founders’ Day

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

Photos: Krista Galloway
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. 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 above.

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

The front room of the house, pictured at right bottom, is where Wilson and Smith conducted their historic conversation, which officials said lasted four hours on Mother’s Day in 1935.

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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