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Thursday Evening, October 8
The third appearance before the Club of
JOHN KENDRICK BANGS
Mr. Bangs will continue his salubrities under the title of
Mr. George S. Smith will preside.
A dinner will be tendered the guests at six o'clock. Tickets may be secured at the office of the Civic Secretary.
Thursday Evening, October 15
"RECENT EUROPEAN EXPERIENCES"
Many of the members of the Club have spent some time the past summer in Europe, and incidentally have acquired many unusual experiences. All of the gentlemen whose names follow have something to tell of their individual experiences under the most exciting conditions. The President of the Club, Frederick P. Fish, Esq., will preside, and brief addresses will be made by the following:
Dr. Francis D. Donoghue
Max E. Wyzanski
Linn Boyd Porter
H. Staples Potter
Dinner will be tendered the guests of the evening at six o'clock. Tickets may be secured at the office of the Civic Secretary.
Thursday Evening, October 22
Of especial reference because of the present situation in Europe, a lecture entitled.
will be given by
"VOYAGE EN FRANCE"
PROFESSOR A. D'AVESNE (B. Sc., Paris)
This lecture will be illustrated by about 125 beautifully colored pictures. A synopsis of the lecture follows:
This illustrated lecture includes: Characteristic sights of Paris, the most fascinating city in Europe-up and down the Seine; the Louvre and its world-renowned art galleries; Parisians and their daily affairs; Napo
leon's Arch of Triumph; the old square where the chief tragedies of the Revolution were enacted; the Eiffel Tower.
Gorgeous magnificence of the royal palaces of Versailles and Fontainebleau.
Famous battlefields where the fortunes of Europe were changed (Crecy, Agincourt, Sedan).
The birthplace of the girl warrior, Joan of Arc; interior of the cathedral of Rheims, where she secured the coronation of the French king; the spot in old Rouen where the English burned her at the stake. The balmy beauty of the Riviera and its popular winter resorts, Nice and Mentone-fun at Carnival time; the famous Corniche road. Glimpses of the Pyrenees mountains. Medieval chateaux, every one rich in historic and romantic interest.
Some of the most stately and beautiful cathedrals ever builtChartres, Amiens, Rheims, Bourges.
Fascinating glimpses of Breton life-homes and work and costumes that artists study with delight.
Normandy, its picturesque reminders of William the Conqueror and the charm of its life to-day in busy towns and primitive country dis
The chalk cliffs and pebbly beaches of the north coast.
Mr. Charles J. Martell will preside.
A dinner will be tendered the guest at six o'clock. Tickets may be secured at the Civic Secretary's office.
Thursday Evening, October 29
The Committee is pleased to announce that after efforts extending over a period of years,
HON. GEORGE VON L. MEYER,
Former Secretary of the Navy and Former Ambassador to Italy and Russia, will deliver an address before the Club. The subject will be announced on the Bulletin later in the month.
Hon. Louis A. Frothingham will preside.
A dinner will be tendered the guests at six o'clock. Tickets may be procured at the office of the Civic Secretary.
THE OPENING OF A NEW SEASON
The season of 1914-15 may be and should be the most fruitful and satisfying that the Club has known.
With five thousand members it will have enrolled the largest actual and potential working force of any club of the kind in the country; a group of picked men, prime as to age, various in income, race, creed, vocation, and politics, and yet united in desire for social fellowship and for education in civic duties through conference, lectures, and debate.
Occupant of the splendid and spacious new Club House now approaching completion, the Club will become even more popular than it
has been hitherto as a centre for assembly of the many organizations that exist to better community life; and thus acting as host to the city's uplift agencies the Club will suitably supplement its own peculiar task of social service.
To make the shift from the old to the new home will cause not a few members to suffer keen regret; and there will be few if any members whose delight with the new abode will permit them to forget the genuine pleasure that they have had in the homelike Beacon Street mansions. These lovers of the old do themselves credit by so feeling. But a lusty, growing youth must have ampler living quarters than a child; and the Club is no longer a juvenile. For its better housing, ampler hospitality, and more effective functioning as a civic forum it had to clothe itself with a fuller garb of brick, steel and such material raiment, confident that the soul of the organization would survive the transplanting process and expand in the moving. Which expan
sion, of course, it will make if officials and members have such a duty in mind once the change is made. This will involve forethought and service and gifts, by which only a new house can be made into a new home.
The times demand from an organization like the City Club more rather than less "light and leading." International, national, sectional, and local interests disclose aspects calling for courageous and wise handling. The Club's officials are alive to this fact. Where they lead let the rank and file follow with zest and tenacity.
As of yore the formal program of entertainment will reflect careful planning to inject among discussions of dominant political, economic and commercial problems the delights of music, oratory, and narratives of travel.
Eminent men from other regions of the country and from foreign lands will be made welcome as guests and as interpreters of the life they know and can describe. Talent within the large circle of Club members will be drafted; but it should be volunteered as well, and when proffered will be welcomed.
ATTENTION OF NEW MEMBERS
THURSDAY NIGHT DINNERS
The Entertainment Committee wishes to again bring to the attention. of the members the matter of the Thursday night dinners, which precede the entertainments on those evenings. Men who are known to be particularly interested in the subject under discussion are invited, but any member of the Club, who wishes, may secure tickets at the office of the Civic Secretary, to the capacity of the banquet room.
Because invitations are sent on one occasion to one group of members, and on another occasion to another group, does not signify that all members are not welcome.
All entertainment functions are always open to all members, in order of application.
The dinners are held at six o'clock, and the price is one dollar, to be charged to the accounts of the members attending, it being quite evident that no one member should be the guest of the other members of the Club on general principles.
The after-dinner speeches are most interesting and educational features of the Club life, which is evidenced by the eagerness to attend on the part of a large number of the Club members.
THE NEW CLUB HOUSE
PICTURES AND BOOKS
An Invitation from the Art and Library Committee
For nearly eight years the walls of our Club House have been made attractive by pictures owned by the Club, by purchase or donation, and also by special exhibitions of the paintings, mainly by Boston artists. These have sufficed to decorate the present house, but will prove totally inadequate for the new building. A library, now comprising nearly 5,000 volumes, has also been acquired.
These books have been purchased or given to the Club by members. The room known as the "Boston Room," filled with old prints, documents, etc., all relating to the history of the city, has proved a mecca for members and visitors. The Committee intends to continue all these departments on a larger, more systematic, and comprehensive plan.
The Committee is arranging a series of exhibitions of important canvases and water-colors, etc., for the season, the list of artists to include the most notable names in Massachusetts, but the rooms and space being so great, a request is now made to members to lend or donate paintings, engravings, prints, and old documents for use in decoration. These loans or donations are to be subject to the approval of the Committee.
Donations of books of all branches of literature are also desired, and with our membership of 5,000, it seems possible to acquire many volumes of interest and value. The greater facilities offered by the new Club House, with its Art Gallery and Exhibition Room, its quiet, retired Library, capable of housing 10,000 volumes, calls for an active and hearty cooperation by the members. All packages should be addressed:
ADDISON L. WINSHIP, Civic Secretary,
(For Art and Library Committee.)
Kindly send at once before the old house is vacated, so that the distribution may be planned for the new House.
IRISH CIVIC EXHIBITION
Following is a letter received by the Club from Dr. B. M. Rastall, in regard to the Civic Exhibition held in Dublin, Ireland, during July and August. The Boston City Club was represented in the exhibit by means of charts, showing the purposes, history, and growth of the Club.
Dr. Rastall personally visited the Exhibition, and his comment on the Club's exhibit shows very plainly the keen interest that was taken in it. SEPTEMBER 1, 1914.
Mr. ADDISON L. WINSHIP,
Civic Secretary, Boston City Club,
9 Beacon Street, Boston.
DEAR MR. WINSHIP:
I think you may be interested in knowing something of the interest shown in the City Club Exhibit at the Irish Civic Exhibition. The exhibit came in an unusually attractive form, and had the great value for exposition purposes of having the material so arranged that the principal facts could be ascertained almost at a glance. The frames were first placed for several days in the executive offices of the Exhibition so that they came under the special observation of the Executive, Finance, and other committees. They were then taken to the Summer School of Civics by Professor Patrick Geddes, who was in charge of this School, and used in connection with some of his class lectures. They were then given a good position in the main hall. I noticed a number of people examining the charts carefully and heard them conversing one with another in regard to the information contained. A special interest seemed to be attached by all of those observers to the fact that small beginnings had resulted so rapidly in a large and prosperous organization. Dublin and the rest of Ireland are just in the beginning of a new civic and industrial movement, and much encouragement is naturally conveyed by concrete illustrations of how small beginnings in civic work, when well planned and organized, can give such large and immediate results.
B. M. RASTALL.
Partial List of the Activities at the Club House during the Summer
Dinner to James A. Anderson by the Columbia Mystic Circle. Leon
Dinner by the Cold Cut Club to celebrate the sixteenth anniversary of the death of Edward Bellamy. Speakers: Sylvester Baxter; Dr.