The Ladies Relief of the Free Summer Excursion Society Manuscript Collection, 1881-1958, MS 3161

Finding Aid to the Ladies Relief of the Free Summer Excursion Society Manuscript Collection, 1881-1958, MS 3161

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Ladies Relief of the Free Summer Excursion Society Manuscript Collection

Creator

Free Summer Excursion Society

Call number

MS 3161

Inclusive dates

1881-1958

Bulk dates

1881-1933

Extent

1 box, 5 folders

Abstract

Contains annual reports for the Free Summer Excursion Society and a minute book for the Ladies Relief

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Rhoda M. Dorsey, August 5, 2014

Accession number

2014-021-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, August, 2014

Historical Note

The Free Summer Excursion Society was founded in Baltimore, Maryland by John T. Ford in 1870. The charitable organization would coordinate trips out of the city for less-privileged residents. Each summer, women and their children were selected to participate in day trips to the countryside surrounding the city. The group focused on providing these excursions to families with sickly children would benefit from the fresh air. The Ladies Relief would walk the city’s neighborhoods giving out tickets to needy families.

In the early years of the group, the participants were taken to Hall’s Springs, located off of Harford Road. The Society would provide transportation, food, and a day of fun and relaxation. Richard D. Fisher leased a portion of his property on Bear Creek to the Society in 1880 for a penny a year. The area became known as “Chesterwood.” The F. C. Latrobe, a municipally owned steamboat, was rented by the Society to take the groups to the resort. The excursions ended when the F. C. Latrobe was taken out of commission. The organization could not afford to rent the replacement boat, and excursions to “Chesterwood” ended in 1959.

Related Collections:

Free Summer Excursion Society, 1875-1960, MS 342 

Scope and Content

The collection contains annual reports for the Free Summer Excursion Society and a minute book for the Ladies Relief. The minute book includes accounts of meetings held by the Ladies Relief of the Society. Clippings about the Society are also pasted onto the last few pages of the minute book. A newspaper article from Leslie’s Weekly on August 5, 1905 reports on the Society’s mission.   

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Box 

Folder 

Annual reports

1881-1884

1

1

Annual reports

1886-1958

1

2

Provision Committee roster

1892

1

3

Minute book

1904-1933

1

4

Leslie Weekly newspaper article

August 10, 1905

1

5