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YMCA Anniversary

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Whether it’s after-school care for grade school kids,

swimming and sports for teens, or enrichment programs for adults,

the Princeton Family YMCA today is an indispensable fixture of the

community. It first appeared in 1908 as a Princeton University

student-sponsored

club for community boys. On Wednesday, December 2, the organization

celebrates its 90th anniversary with a benefit at Merrill Lynch. For

dinner information call 609-497-2133.

From its early appearance, the Witherspoon YMCA was next on the scene,

founded in 1912 for "Princeton’s colored men and boys."

Located

on the corner of Witherspoon and Green streets, it became a vital

center for the African-American community. In 1928 a Princeton YMCA

for the white community opened at 48 Nassau Street, and by 1938 the

primary location for its activities was Dorothea’s House on John

Street.

Until segregation was outlawed in 1948, the two Ys reflected American

life of the times.

Women became full members of the YMCA in the early 1980s. Today the

organization serves 5,000 members, providing child care, after-school,

and enrichment programs for 3,000 children.


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