Historic Stevenson Society
The Stevenson Society was first called the Stevenson Memorial Committee and fulfilled its original purpose on October 30, 1915, when,at the Saranac Lake cottage occupied in 1887-1888 by Robert Louis Stevenson, it unveiled a bronze bas-relief memorial tablet designed by Gutzon Borglum. On that occasion the committee was resolved into a permanent organization, renamed as the Stevenson Society, its "membership open to anyone interested in the author and his works and who desire to spread his brave philosophy of living." THE STEVENSON MEMORIAL COMMSTTEE-Under whose direction plans were made for the unveiling of the tablet. Front row from left: Dr. Hugh M. Kinghorn, Stephen Chalmers, Gutzon Borglum, Dr. Alien K. Kraus, C.M. Palmer, M.M. Feustmann, C.S. Thurston. Back row from left: Ernest H. Baldwin, Robert H. Davis, Dr. Lawrason Brown ....

 

Illustrious Founders

Many leading figures of American Arts & Letters became founding members of the Stevenson Society. Among the early members were the editor/publisher Sam McClure of McClure's Magazine, painter Will H. Low, an intimate friend of Stevenson in their days together at Barbizon, the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, New York Sun writer Robert H. Davis and author Stephen Chalmers. Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, the renowned TB researcher and physician who treated Stevenson during the author's stay in Saranac Lake was also a founding member, as were other important local figures like Colonel Walter Scott.

 


 



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