Saturday, September 6, 1997

The Friendly Institution

Founded on Christmas Eve, 1796 by Nathaniel Coleman and several other local Quakers, the Friendly Institution became non-denominational shortly thereafter when the wife of Mayor Joseph Bloomfield asked to join.

This local charitable organization is still in existence today, but as always is very secretive. Its members, primarily women, strive to assist the needy without being noticed. The Institution's motto is, "To spare the modest blush, to give unseen."

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