Rev. Francis E. Clark founded the Society in his parsonage parlor in Portland, Maine in 1881. There were 57 young people present who agreed to sign the covenant Clark had created. 

Its object was “to promote the earnest Christian life among its members, to increase their mutual acquaintance, and to make them more useful in the service of God.”

It would be the first Christian youth organization ever created, and would spread throughout the U.S and overseas. 

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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