Historiana, The Club's Beginning

         

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s journey began in 1884. The Club’s purpose was to provide recreational and vocational programs to keep young people away from gang activity on the east side of Manhattan. Founded in a vacant store on First Avenue and 37th Street and operating as a mission of the Madison Square Church, the Club relocated within the community several times before becoming an organization independent of the church in 1902. An early summary of the #MadisonJourney can be seen in the below “Historiana,” originally published as a promotional piece celebrating the organizations rapid growth and success. #TBT

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