Self-Guided Tours only

Founders' Day Weekend

June 7-9


Commemorate the 89th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which started with a meeting on Mother's Day, 1935 in the Gate Lodge between two admitted alcoholics, Bill W. and Dr. Bob. A meeting that was supposed to last minutes lasted hours and became the underpinnings of a movement that continues to help millions worldwide. 

Guests visiting for Founders’ Day Weekend activities receive free admission to the Gate Lodge. In the Gate Lodge, tour the immersive exhibit, Henrietta Seiberling: A Spark for a Movement.

Other Founders' Day Weekend Activities:

  • Marc Lee Shannon is a singer-songwriter who is performing at 11am and 1pm on Friday June 7. A member of the Michael Stanley Band for 25 years, Marc will present The Sounds of Recovery, using music, humor, readings from his book Sober Chronicles™, and real-life daily living experiences to deliver the message of hope to those in recovery.
  • 91.3 The Summit plays recovery music on Friday & Saturday.
  • Visitors can leave their recovery message in the Reflections Tent.
  • Lunch is available for purchase at Molly's Courtyard Cafe.
  • Purchase Gate Lodge memorabilia, including graphic tees from Just a Dad From Akron.
  • Stan Hywet provides free shuttle service on Saturday June 8 from the University of Akron to Stan Hywet. The first pick-up at UA is at 10am at EJ Thomas/Polymer Center. The last shuttle leaves Stan Hywet at 5pm.




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