The YMCA in Washington: Shifting With the Times
BY: Matthew B. Gilmore
Picture this: the YMCA faces a difficult financial situation. Attendance at its programs and use of its facilities has fallen off and the neighborhood around its building has undergone a vast transformation. Retaining and recruiting members is difficult. The facility is being eyed enviously by others. Today, 2015? Yes, indeed. But it was also the situation faced by the fledgling organization in 1871. Washington’s Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) has gone through many trials since its founding and made its home in a variety of locations.
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YMCA Gymnasium (left), William Chauncey Langdon (right).