Sir George was born in Somerset, England in 1821 and, like most young men during the Industrial Revolution, was drawn to London where he worked as a draper. Concerned about the conditions and lack of healthy options for young men in the city, Williams developed the YMCA which was based on Christian principles and promoted healthy activities for the mind, body and spirit. The YMCA movement quickly spread to Ireland, Scotland and North America. By the time Williams was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894, there were 5,000 YMCAs in 24 countries with 500,000 members. Sir George died in 1905 and was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral. He is commemorated with a stained glass window in Westminster Abbey.
This lantern slide is part of a series of eight slides that appear to be on YMCA history, mostly concerning George Williams. The series includes LS-06-01, LS-06-02, LS-06-03, LS-06-04, LS-06-05, LS-06-06, LS-06-07, and LS-06-08. Most of the series was created by Jonathan A. Rawson Jr. (347 Madison Ave., New York City), except LS-06-05 which was created by Scott Studios, (Scott Studios, 24 E. 55th St., New York City). Several of these images were reprinted in the October, 1921 issue of Association Men (Student Edition).
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