ROCHESTER MECHANICS LITERARY ASSOCIATION MEDALS
From "THE COMMON-GOOD of Civic and Social Rochester", Vol. 4, October 1910
The Mechanics Literary Association was founded February 10, 1836. by sixteen practical mechanics. Their object was "their own mutual advancement in scientific and literary knowledge and the mental and moral culture of apprentices and poor young men."
Their library began with donations amounting to 500 volumes from citizens generally. This was afterwards increased by the proceeds of several annual fairs. Their association flourished for six or eight years, their library expanded to 2000 volumes and some of their debates were chronicled as great gladiatorial combats. Then they failed gradually until the number of members was reduced to 20. In its declining days the library developed a migratory character, moving four times in ten years.
By 1877 the Association had become all but non-existent with the books becoming the property of Mortimer F. Reynolds and George S. Riley; eventually becoming the Reynolds Library in 1884.
Literary Association / Washington Temperance Society Mule
Greenslet GM- 67 (Baker 341B), white metal, 41mm
Greenslet GM-67 (Baker 341), copper, 41mm
(on line image)
Literary Association / House of Temperance Mule
Greenslet GM- 68, bronze, 41mm
Literary Association Award Medal
Greenslet GM-69, bronze, 41mm
(on line image)
Unlisted, silver, 41mm
(image courtesy of Roger Brewer)
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