Recording of Sir George Williams Speech to the Jubilee Class of 1894, with introduction by Franklin Engelmann and reading by Stuart Hibberd
- Recording of Sir George Williams Speech to the Jubilee Class of 1894, with introduction by Franklin Engelmann and reading by Stuart Hibberd
This is the last known re-recording of Sir George Williams wax cylinder address to the Jubilee class of 1894 of Springfield College, then the International YMCA Training School. The recording was made in London in 1964 and contains an introduction by British radio personality Franklin Engelmann, a complete reading of a transcript of the Williams’ address by Stuart Hibbard, known as “The Voice of BBC,” and an excerpt of the original Williams’ recording from the wax cylinder. In 1894, the fiftieth anniversary of the YMCA, the International YMCA Training School (now Springfield College) hosted a Jubilee celebration for which George Williams recorded this speech on a wax cylinder at the Edison House in London, England. It was played during the Jubilee celebrations held on June 6, 1894.
- Williams, George, Sir, 1821-1905
- Engelmann, Franklin
- Hibbard, Stuart
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George Williams Papers
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
International Young Men's Christian Association
Young Men's Christian Association of North America
Williams, George, Sir, 1821-1905
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George Williams founded the YMCA in 1844 after moving to London from the country and finding the conditions there to be incompatible with his evangelical Christian beliefs. Sir George Williams died in 1905 and was buried in a crypt in St. Paul's Cathedral. Williams' is commemorated with a stained glass window in Westminster Abbey.