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Al-Anon / Alateen

The following are selected significant dates in Al-Anon/Alateen history:

 

1939 - Family groups begin to form

1951 - Lois W., wife of Bill W., co-founder of AA, and Anne B. founded Al-Anon. The first World Service Office was opened in New York to provide services to eighty-seven groups located in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Ireland.

1955 - The first hard cover book, The Al-Anon Family Groups, is published

1957 - First Alateen group is started in Pasadena, California

1962 - Ann Landers writes the first of many articles about Al-Anon

1968 - One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, our first daily reader, was published - over 5,000,000 copies have been sold

Al-Anon History

We are most fortunate to have such a wonderful Archives!  Through the generous gifts of many and the hard work of others, Arkansas has one of the finest Al-Anon Archives around.

 

Some may wonder why we bother to document and preserve our past.  The answer is quite simple – we look to the past to protect the future.

1015 Louisiana St

Shelves in archives room.

Lois' house robe,

donated to Arkansas Archives.

We have many, many wonderful artifacts at the Archives, including literature, audio recordings, Area Convention items, and even personal items belonging to Lois, including her house robe and an autographed copy of her book, Lois Remembers, which she gave as a gift to her friend who later donated it to the Arkansas Archives along with a personal note from Lois.

 

Pictures of several other items are shown here, but they really only scratch the surface of the wonderful treasure trove of items available for viewing at the Archives.

 

Please take time to visit and enjoy the wonderful history that has been preserved, and consider donating time and money to help continue the effort for those that come after us.

1972 - Lois’s Story, video about our co-founder, produced by Al-Anon Family Groups

1985 - Al-Anon’s first International Convention was held in Montreal, Canada

1994 - From Survival to Recovery, first Al-Anon adult children book was published

1996 - World Service Office moves from New York to Virginia with a staff of 56

1998 - Third Al-Anon International Convention with AA participation is held in Salt Lake City, UT

2001 - Al-Anon celebrates its 50th Anniversary

 

Reprinted with permission  of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA

Listen to Our Pioneer Members in a Free Download!

This month (May, 2017) marks Al‑Anon's 66th anniversary. Celebrate this milestone by listening to what Al-Anon was like in the beginning. The Lois W. and the Pioneers Audio Interview was recorded in June 1982 with Lois W. (Al-Anon's cofounder), Henrietta S. (the first General Secretary of the World Service Office), and Margaret D. (the first Editor of The Forum). It is now available as a free audio MP3 download on the Members website. This 110-minute interview includes much more information than the 22-minute DVD version.

You can find it by following these steps:

· Go to al-anon.org/members.

· Enter your group name, followed by AFG as your password. (Example: Easy Does It AFG or mondayafg).

· Click on "WSO" on the home page choices.

· Click on "Inside the WSO."

· Click on "History of the WSO and Al-Anon."

· Under "Archives," click on "Lois W. and the Pioneers Audio Interview."

Source: 2017 May issue of e-News page one

Our Archives are located inside the

 Wolf Street Center

1015 Louisiana Street

Little Rock, AR.

"Lois Remembers" book signed by Lois W. with a personal note to her friend who donated the book to Arkansas archives.

Wall hanging or quilt made from Alateen events t-shirts.

Table centerpiece for Archives open house celebrating the new home of archives.

AR state Convention banner now retired to archives for storage.

Butterfly quilt, queen size, along with embroidered pillow with slogans, was a raffle item at our state convention. Winner eventually donated them to Arkansas Archives.