Original recording of Sir George Williams Speech to the Jubilee Class of 1894
Recording of a speech by Sir George Williams to the Jubilee Class of 1894 of Springfield College, then known as the International YMCA Training School. The speech was recorded by George Williams on a wax cylinder at the Edison House in London, England and sent to Springfield College. It was played during the Jubilee celebrations held on June 6, 1894. This recording is the earliest known copy or re-recording of his speech, dating from around 1937-1946. This is the complete recording of the wax cylinder and does not include an introduction or reading of the transcribed speech by another actor or voice. It is the same recording that is used in the version of the address with an introduction by Eugene E. Barnett, general secretary of the National Council of the YMCAs of the United States, and reading of the speech by Milton J. Cross, and in the later version done in 1964 with the an introduction by British radio personality Franklin Engelmann and complete reading of the transcript of the Williams’ address by Stuart Hibbard.
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George Williams was the Founder of the YMCA. In 1844, after becoming a devout Christian, he gathered a group of young men together for prayer and reflection. This simple act developed into the worldwide YMCA movement. Sir George died in 1905 and was buried in a crypt at St. Paul's Cathedral.