Basketball at Camp McAllen, Texas (c. 1916-1918)
- Basketball at Camp McAllen, Texas (c. 1916-1918)
This lantern slide shows a group of soldiers playing basketball at Camp McAllen in Texas during World War I. Behind them is a YMCA building.
- Smith's Studio (San Antonio, TX)
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
- Collection (local):
College Archives Digital Collections
Lantern Slide Collection
Young Men's Christian Association of North America
World War, 1914-1918
- 3.25x3.25 in
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As of 2012, McAllen is the twentieth most populous city in Texas and the largest city in Hidalgo County. Settled in 1904 on the southern tip of Texas, McAllen remained largely agricultural until the latter half of the twentieth century. During the 1980s, the city’s growth accelerated, leading to an economic and population boom in the 1990s and early 2000s. When the United States declared war in 1917, the YMCA immediately volunteered its support. The Association assumed military responsibilities on a scale that had never been attempted by a nonprofit, community-based organization, and it was at the conclusion of the war that the military began to institutionalize the massive human services work carried out by the YMCA. At the end of World War I, William Howard Taft wrote: “The American Young Men's Christian Association in its welfare work served between four and five millions of American soldiers and sailors, at home and overseas. As General Pershing has said, it conducted nine-tenths of the welfare work among the American forces in Europe. Moreover, alone among American welfare societies, this organization, first and last, ministered to not less than nineteen millions of the soldiers of the Allied Armies and extended its helpful activities to over five millions of prisoners of war. Its operations were conducted on western, southern, and eastern fronts in Europe; in northern and eastern Africa; in western, southern, and eastern Asia; in North and South America; and in different parts of the island world.”
Text on border reads, "Basketball Ball Camp McAllen Tex."