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Francis E. Clark began Christian Endeavor in 1881 as a way to get children involved in the church. Christian Endeavor captivated the youth by making them feel welcome, by providing activities for them, and by challenging them to adhere to a member’s pledge. Christian Endeavor societies were soon found around the world. The collection consists of advertisements, books, booklets, brochures, bulletins, correspondence, instructional materials, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, programs, and extensive publications associated with Christian Endeavor. It includes personal material of prominent members of Michigan Christian Endeavor including LaVerne Boss, Dorothy Kling, Sarah McCullagh, and Alice Spykerman, along with material on International Christian Endeavor figures such as Francis Clark and Daniel Poling.


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