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100 Years Ago: Victor Smith’s Lasting Contribution

Victor H. Smith was the third Secretary of the Cheshire County YMCA. A University of New Hampshire graduate, Victor wasn’t with the Y very long but, nevertheless, he was able to make some critically important contributions. During the fall of 1920, Victor spent a great deal of time attending conferences with Daniel E. Lorentz, the […]

100 Years Ago: Building upon the basics

After our first successful camping season at the Richmond site the year before, a flurry of activity started to take place in the Spring of 1920. Several key decisions had to be made in order to prepare for the “bigger and better” summer ahead. Over the course of March and April that year, the Board […]

100 Years Ago: Preparing for our Permanent Home

  After hosting Camp Takodah’s first summer in Richmond, Daniel Lorentz, 2nd Secretary of the County Y, reported to the Board of Directors in October that plans were progressing quite well to expand the property and programs with an eye on the future. He talked about how happy the twenty-seven boys had been that July […]

One Space, Many Lives: The Elwell Chapel

  In the earliest days of the 1920s, Takodah was just starting to take shape. There wasn’t too much to see or do around the property for the relatively small number of campers and staff that were onsite during the summer months. There was a few rustic buildings, some musty canvas tents, a small open […]