Christian Recovery Radio Interview of Jim H. of Auburn Washington by Dick B. on Jim’s More than 600 Slide-Show Photographs of the Entire Vermont A.A. History Research and Discoveries
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You may hear Dick B. interviews Jim H. about the September Vermont trip, Part 2, on the September 24, 2012, episode of the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show here:
Episodes of the "Christian Recovery Radio with Dick B." show are archived at:
Though yet to be organized, labeled, and indexed, the Jim H. Vermont A.A. History Slide-Show Photographs are available for view on the web right now. See the links below and enjoy them as a preview of what’s to come soon
The Second Interview of Archivist Jim H. on September 24, 2012
Jim H. of Auburn,Washington was interviewed today, September 24, 2012, on www.ChristianRecoveryRadio.com by Dick B. Jim participated in, sponsored, and photographed every phase of the International Christian Recovery Coalition’s Alcoholics Anonymous History and Christian Recovery Movement workshops and studies of the beginnings in the State of Vermont. His interview covers his recollections, photography work, slide-show photographs, and comments on the workshops. The subjects are listed below. The links to the slide-show photographs are set forth below. For a real treat and preview of the new era of Alcoholics Anonymous History, be sure to listen to the Jim H. interview. Also, be sure to go to the links listed below and look at the slide-show right now.
You will soon begin appreciating and passing along the immense amount of New Era A.A. History and Christian Recovery stemming from this particular group of workshops and Jim’s enlightening comments on the Vermont tour. To do this, we suggest the following:
Go to www.dickb.com and click on the latest feature article that lists the URLs where you can see right now A.A.’s history as it was in the making.
Read the latest Dick B. and Ken B. book, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont. Contact Ken B. at 808 276 4945.
Check out our many current releases on the International Christian Recovery Coalition A.A. History and Christian Recovery workshops held in Vermont,
September 2-9. “Come and see!” Seeing is believing!
And these are the topics that were the subject of Jim’s interview:
A.A.’s Treasure House of Christian Beginnings
A Project of International Christian Recovery Coalition
By Dick B.
In Appreciation and in Summary
We all deeply appreciate the effort and devotion of A.A. Archivist Jim H. of Auburn, Washington. Jim traveled and researched with us, and drove us around Vermont to St. Johnsbury, Northfield, Manchester, East Dorset, Rutland, East Dorset, Emerald Lake, and Burlington. He also drove us to Gill, Massachusetts, where the Moody Mount Hermon School. Jim took pictures and even some video throughout our trip, and has now posted on the Web hundreds of pictures of cities, towns, schools, churches, academies, libraries, books, articles, pamphlets, wall plaques, photos, histories, manuscripts, newspapers, participants, hotels, motels, restaurants, and inns in every place our cadre of recovery leaders and workers held workshops. There are still more photos to be gathered from participants. There is still processing in progress and work to be done on labels. But Jim’s efforts constitute the greatest single assemblage of visual history of the role God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the origins, history, founding, original program, and astonishing successes in Alcoholics Anonymous history and the Christian Recovery Movement in New England. Those photographed items show the stage set for the Christian upbringing of A.A. cofounders as well as the “Christian fellowship” they founded in Akron, Ohio, in June, 1935.
Preliminary Presentation of Vermont Historical Slide Show Photographs
Among the Historical Slide-Show Pictures Included:
As indicated, there is lots of work still to be done in labeling, describing, identifying, etc. And there are many more photos to be added from the work of other Workshop participants.
The following subjects and others are or will be included:
Burlington, Vermont: our arrival and kickoff of the workshops on Sept. 2.
St. Johnsbury, Vermont: center of Dr. Bob’s boyhood Christian upbringing, Sept. 3-5
Panoramic views of village, signs, and well-known historical locations including banks, hotels, and railroad
The importance, significance, influence, and activities involving the “Great Awakening” of 1875 in St. Johnsbury, Evangelists, the YMCA, the Salvation Army, Congregationalism, churches, and the United Society of Christian Endeavor are thoroughly covered and documented in Dick B. and Ken B., Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous: His Excellent Training in the Good Book as a Youngster in Vermont; and their new book, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont: The Roots of Early A.A.’s Original Program
Northfield, Vermont--location of Norwich Military Academy attended by Bill W. and Ebby Thacher--September 6
Kreitzberg Library--filled with pictures, plaques pamphlets, records, books,
curricula, religious emphasis, chapel data, and more.
Gill, Massachusetts--location of Dwight L. Moody schools and Mount Hermon home—Sept. 6
Schauffler Library--filled with archives and books about the schools, the
Manchester, Vermont--Sept 7-8
Location of Burr and
Burton Seminary, attended by Bill Wilson, Ebby Thacher, Bill’s
Location of First Congregational Church of Manchester, where Burr and Burton “scholars” (i.e., students) attended each Sunday and for special events; and whose members actually help found the East Dorset Congregational Church where Bill Wilson and his family attended.
of the huge Burnham “summer home,” where Lois Burnham, her brother
Location of the adjacent, large, George Thacher “summer home,” where the Thacher family (including Ebby Thacher) lived half of the year; where Ebby got to know his Oxford Group mentors Rowland Hazard, Shep Cornell, and Cebra Graves; and where the Thachers also summered at Emerald Lake near the Burnham bungalows.
The Manchester Journal newspaper contains many articles about these personalities
The Mark Skinner Library is where our workshop people did a good deal of research on Manchester, Burr and Burton, the Congregational Church, Bill Wilson, Rev. Perkins, and the Burnhams, Thachers, and Bamfords.
Zion Episcopal Church, where Bertha Bamford’s father was rector; where there is a memorial plaque about Bertha and her death; and where Bill Wilson and Roger Perkins were pall bearers at Bertha Bamford’s funeral.
The Manchester period, people, and events are well covered in the Dick B. and Ken B. Book, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont; Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W.: More on the Creator’s Role in Early A.A.; and some excellent histories of Burr and Burton, First Congregational Church, and Vermont people.
East Dorset and Emerald Lake, Vermont—Sept. 7 and 8
The East Dorset Congregational Church, the Wilson House, the Griffith House and Library, and nearby Mount Aeolus all played important roles in the Christian upbringing of Bill Wilson, the church and Bill’s parents, the church and Bill’s grandparents, and the Sunday school itself, as well as Bill’s Bible studies with his maternal grandfather (Gardner Fayette Griffith) and his friend Mark Whalon.
events are well covered in Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W.; and Dick
B. and Ken B., Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the Green Mountain Boys, as well as
Dick B., The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. (2010).
Rutland, Vermont—Sept. 8
This is the town to which Bill’s
parents, Bill, and his sister moved and where they lived from about 1902 to
We also have photos of the nearby Grace Congregational Church and are working with its pastor and others to see if there are records of attendance or activity by any of the Wilsons during the period of their Rutland residence.
Burlington, Vermont—Sept. 9: We researched extensively at the Bailey Howe Library on the Central Campus of the University of Vermont at Burlington. The library contains a wide variety historical records on Moody, Congregational Churches, and other locations.
Bill W. and Dr. Bob,
the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont
The Roots of Early A.A.’s Original Program
Dick B. and Ken B.