An image scanned from a black and white photograph of members of the Spectator Club used as a Christmas card from the group in 1942. A typed caption lists those in the photo as: Front Row L to R, William Barrows, James Gannett, Alpheus Lyon, Robert Drummond, Everett Davee; Back Row, Maynard Jordan, Harry Smith, Weston Evans, Warren Bliss, Theodore Curtis, and Harry Watson. Taken at the home of W. Bliss by Wes Evans. A 1942 faculty directory lists the home address of Warren Bliss as 6 North Main.
The Spectator Club was organized on March 31, 1911 in Orono, Maine, to provide a club for a few younger members of the University of Maine faculty to engage in intellectual discussion.
James A. Gannett wrote in 1949 that the name of the club seems to have been inspired by an English daily publication called The Spectator, founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele and distributed in England from 1711-1712. The publication was aimed at an emerging middle class and attempted to bring philosophy out of colleges and libraries to become more accessible in clubs, assemblies, tea-tables and coffee houses. Spectator Club members spoke on a wide variety of topics of personal interest related to local, university, and national events, including travel, history, hobbies, books, and innovation in various fields.
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Fogler Library, DigitalCommons@UMaine,
MS 583, Spectator Club Records
Orono, Penobscot County, clubs, social life and customs, Maine