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Friends History - Early Documents

Note: On this page you will find some of the early documents and letters that were used to attract membership and a few early reports from the secretary, Martha E. Crone.


Below: This was one of the first membership applications. Note that the officers listed are all among the founding members.

Early membership application

Below: Here we have an example of a letter used by Clinton Odell, seeking support from community leaders to join The Friends.

Membership solicitation

Below: Martha Crone also was active in recuriting new members to the youthful organization of the Friends.

Martha Crone letter

Below: We are not sure how many annual "picnics" were held, but here is the invitation to the first one. The date selected, around mid-May, has continued to be the date of the annual membership meeting of The Friends, and it is still held in the Garden.

Picnic letter

Below: Here is the first annual report of the Secretary of The Friends, in this case, Martha Crone herself, in which she states several remarkable facts.

First - membership was at 164 at the end of the first year. Second, lectures had been given, illustrated with slides, to various groups to acquaint them with the garden. Third - five issues of The Fringed Gentian has already been published.

1st annual report

Below: In her second annual report Martha reviews how membership has grown, how more lectures were given, success with certain plants and finally the past years animal problems.

2nd annual report

Below: In her second annual report Martha reviews how membership has grown, how more lectures were given, success with certain plants and finally the past years animal problems.

2nd annual report

Below: Now at the end of the Friends seventh year of existance, Martha, still secretary, announces that she is retiring after 26 years as Curator. She announces her replacement is Kenneth Avery who then serves as Garden Curator until 1987.

7th annual report

Below: In this report, Martha Crone, still secretary after giving up the Curator position, discusses membership, plant conditions in the Garden and her continuing efforts at membership recruitment.

8th annual report

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