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Archives

THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF TODAY’S MARCH ROUNDUP

March 2nd, 1962

MARCH ROUNDUP Many unknown facts about the convention we now know as the March Roundup The March Roundup as we know it today had roots that go back to the...

The Prayer Used to Open Major Events

January 1st, 1945

THE DETROIT PRAYER Our Heavenly Father, We ask Thy Blessings on this meeting. Please Bless the Spirit and purpose of this group. Give us strength to follow this program according...

Rationed, Banned & Urban Legends

July 1st, 1942

The Effects of World War II on Alcoholics Anonymous A wide variety of commodities were rationed during World War II in the United States. Rationing ended when supplies were sufficient...

They’re on the Wagon

April 12th, 1942

Dr. Bob’s 2nd Talk in Detroit In 1942 the members of Alcoholics Anonymous in Detroit decided to hold a celebration to mark a milestone of recovery in Detroit. It was...

Metropolitan Area Groups

April 1st, 1942

The 1st Inter-Group The first mention of the Metropolitan Area Groups in our files was April, 1942. This entity was created because of the urging by Bill W. for large...

Group #0005

October 28th, 1941

Pontiac (Y.M.C.A.) (Birmingham) (Downtown) Group #0005 On October 28, 1941, a group called the Pontiac Group was started by Dr. C.P. (Dean) M. and Ralph B. Ralph was sponsored by...

Group #0004

October 21st, 1941

Grosse Pointe (Memorial) Group #0004 In 1920 the membership voted to become Presbyterian, and the church was renamed “Grosse Pointe Presbyterian Church.” In 1925 a new church house – today...

Group #0003

October 16th, 1941

The North-West Group of Alcoholics Anonymous of the City of Detroit was formed in, 1941. It was the outgrowth of a separation when the original single group, then numbering approximately...

A New “Club” For Alcoholics to Help Alcoholics

August 3rd, 1941

Fourteen Months Later It has been 14 months since the Detroit News had introduced a new method of recovery in Detroit. In the Sunday Free Press August 3, 1941, it...

The Saturday Evening Post

March 1st, 1941

The History of How the Article Came To Be Jack Alexander of Saturday Evening Post Fame Thought A.A.s Were Pulling His Leg AA Grapevine, May, 1945 Ordinarily, diabetes isn’t rated...

Group #0002

February 1st, 1941

East (Manistique) Group The archive’s has many small notes and information on this group, much of it appeared to be inaccurate and confusing. We had to dissect the many notes...

The First of Many New Year’s Celebrations

December 31st, 1940

December 31, 1940 New Year’s Gala The very first major event held in Detroit was a New Year’s celebration on December 31, 1940. It was held at Mike E’s home...

A Dawn of A New Era

June 22nd, 1940

A dawn of a new era was begun on June 22, 1940 when local members announced in a Detroit News article that a local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous was begun...

The First Group #0001

February 14th, 1940

The Central Group The first group in Southeastern Michigan was born out of necessity. At this point in time we had come to rely too heavily on people outside of...

YPSILANTI STATE HOSPITAL-“FIRST TREATMENT CENTER”

December 1st, 1939

Mutual Aid Organization-for Alcoholics There are many myths and urban legends about the treatment center that help start AA in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views....

The First Pamphlet

October 21st, 1939

The Articles from the “Plain Dealer” Considered the 1st Pamphlet These articles appeared in the main Cleveland newspaper, the Plain Dealer, just five months after the first A.A. group was...

Salvation Army=Cap’t Tom=Harbor Light

October 7th, 1939

CAP’T TOM C.—BIRTH OF HARBOR LIGHT There are many myths and urban legends about Harbor Light in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views.   Tom C....

THE BENSONS-“FRIENDS OF AA”

October 1st, 1939

There are many myths and urban legends about the Non-alcoholics who help start AA in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views. The Bensons, Elmer (Ben) and...

“Alcoholics and God”

September 30th, 1939

The 1939 Liberty Magazine Article Charles Towns, owner of Towns’ Hospital where Bill W. had sobered up, tried to get publicity for A.A. and finally succeeded. He had known Morris...

An Auto Executive Spirals Out of Control

September 1st, 1939

H.R. “Mike” E.-“AN INDUSTRIALIST” There are many myths and urban legends about ”Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views.   Priors sinking into the deep depths of the...

Tom M.

July 29th, 1939

Tom M. was a very humble member, who did not leave any photo or much other information behind. What we did discover was that Tom was from out of town,...

The Connection of the Serenity Prayer to Detroit, Michigan

July 1st, 1939

THE SERENITY PRAYER …its origin is traced… At long last the mystery of the Serenity Prayer has been solved! We have learned who wrote it, when it was written and...

Alcoholics Anonymous a.k.a. “The Big Book” is Born

April 10th, 1939

The process for creating our book, Alcoholics Anonymous The title of the book Bill W. wrote is Alcoholics Anonymous, but it is referred to by AA members as the Big Book. Its...

THE DAYS BEFORE – “AN INSTRUMENT OF GOD”

September 4th, 1938

There are many myths and urban legends about the first sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views. In the late-1930s there...

THE FINAL PLACE FOR THE CHRONIC ALCOHOLIC

January 1st, 1937

Skid Row Skid row or skid road is a shabby urban area with cheap taverns, dive bars, dilapidated hotels frequented by lowlifes, alcoholics, and itinerants. The term skid road originally...

The Co-founder of the Un-named Fellowship

June 10th, 1935

Dr. Bob S. Bob S. was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, where he was raised, to Susan A. Holbrook and Walter Perrin S. His parents took him to religious services...

An Alcoholic Has a Vision of a Program of Recovery

December 11th, 1934

Bill W. Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous Bill W. was born on November 26, 1895, in East Dorset, Vermont, the son of Emily (née Griffith) and Gilman Barrows W. He was...

The Oxford Group and Detroit

July 30th, 1931

The Oxford Group was a Christian organization founded by American Christian missionary Dr. Frank Buchman. Buchman was an American Lutheran minister of Swiss descent who in 1908 had a conversion...

The Evolution of the Dark World of Alcoholism Early “Cures” Of Alcoholism

January 1st, 1900

Dr. Benjamin Rush’s Inquiry into the Effects of Ardent Spirits on the Human Mind and Body catalogues the consequence of chronic drunkenness and argues that this condition is a disease that physicians...

Alcoholism, Fort Detroit & the Michigan Territory

October 19th, 1853

Alcoholism has always been a scourge in Detroit. One of the earliest articles we had found in a Detroit newspaper was in the Detroit Free Press on August 19, 1853....

Audio Files

H.R. Mike E’s Open Talk

This story that I am about to tell hasn’t changed very much over the years. However, I hope before I leave that I may impart to some man that was inflicted with this same disease as I myself – some ray of hope, some message, some word or some thought,...

Archie T’s Open Talk

Ladies and gentlemen, in the words of that great Galilean who lived almost two thousand years ago and whose birth we are commemorating this Christmas Day, “when you are well, you need not a physician. I come here to heal the sick…” And of the channels at his command, He...

10th Anniversary Celebration

June 1, 1945 Detroit Celebrates 10 Years of AA It was decided by local (Detroit) members of AA that they would put together a celebration to mark the 10th Anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous in existence, something they never dreamt of in 1935. There was a big celebration being put together...

History of the Windsor Group

The First Windsor Group, the Second Canadian group. In fall 1941 and the spring of 1942 some members from the three existing Detroit groups attempted to get AA started in Windsor with very little success. In the spring of 1943, a guy by the name of Chuck P. could not...

SARAH K.-“ANGEL OF A.A.”

There are many myths and urban legends about a non-alcoholic “member” of Alcoholics Anonymous in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views. Sarah K., a non-alcoholic, had received one of the earliest copies of the “Big Book” which contained the story of Alcoholics Anonymous in April, 1939;...