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Founders' Day

Founders’ Day is an annual celebration honoring the Society’s long, distinguished history. The 2014 Founders' Day celebration will take place on Monday, May 5, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., at the Racquet & Tennis Club (370 Park Avenue, New York City). Reservations are now being accepted. Reserve online or download the invitation today!

NES members and their guests will enjoy cocktails, dancing, music by The Alex Donner Orchestra, hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and a raw bar. This year's event is co-chaired by Judy Bliss, Lindsey Mullholand and Stephen Storen. The event committee includes Scott Glascock, Sara Hunter Hudson, Lucy Kirk, Richard B. Perkins, Jay Sherwood, Anne C. Teasdale and Melissa Zack. 

Photos from the 2013 and 2012 events can be found below.

The Tradition of Founders’ Day

The New England Society (NES) was founded in 1805 when Thomas Jefferson was President of the U.S. and the population of New York was 75,770. One of the oldest social and charitable organizations in the country, NES was established to promote “friendship, charity and mutual assistance” among and on behalf of New Englanders living in New York. NES honors the New England heritage through programs such as its scholarship fund for New York City students matriculating in New England, through its annual Book Award for books that celebrate New England, and through its social activities for members and guests. NES held its first official gathering on May 6, 1805 at the City Hotel. Seventy people attended and officers were duly elected, including the first President James Watson. The early activities were focused on two areas: social programs such as the Annual Festival commemorating the landing of the Pilgrims, and charitable works, such as distributing firewood to needy New England families in New York. Though these initiatives have evolved over time, the founding tenets of “friendship, charity and mutual assistance” have remained constant for over 200 years.

Photos From the 2013 Founders' Day Celebration

Courtesy of Annie Watt.

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Photos From the 2012 Founders' Day Celebration

Courtesy of Annie Watt.

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Alex
Donner
 
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Anne Hall Elser & Sue McClenachan
 
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Connie & Bill
Greenspan
 
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Eric Dever & Sara Nightingale
 
Eric Dever, Tom Farrell, David & Jeannine Heath, & Gail Gaston
Eric Dever, Tom Farrell, David & Jeannine Heath, & Gail Gaston


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Anna Bulkot, Jose Pincay Delgado
& Lucy Puig
 
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Bretton Auerbach, Margot Heinlein,
Logan Gould, & Megan Cerullo
 
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Coverly & Homer Rees, Michael Kovner
& Jean Doyen de Montaillou


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Guests enjoy the Alex Donner Orchestra
 
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Dan Ladner, Paul Cardile & a Guest
 
Eric Dever & Gail Gaston
Eric Dever & Gail Gaston

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Daria & Oksana Tikhonova
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Diane Finerty, Marilyn Neilson & Rod O'Connell
 
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Event Co-Chair David Peirce


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Fred & Allison MacEachron, & a Guest
 
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Fred Elser & Anne Hall Elser
 
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Margot Heinlein & Lucy Kirk

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Harrison  Lyman
& Polly Lyman
 
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Harry Chung, Hilda Frost, Arnold Neis
& Mary Latimer Chung
 
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John Cupschalk
& Judy Bliss

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Margot Heinlein, Richard Rapaport & Lucy Kirk
 
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Judy Bliss &
Paul Cardile
 
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John Farrell &
Dennis Doran
 
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Event Co-Chairs Ron Gold &
Sara Hunter Hudson

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Hilda Frost &
Arnold Neis
 
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Michael Witmer, Coverly Rees, Homer Rees & Jean Doyen de Montaillou
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Merrie Martinson, President Caroline Camougis & Peggy D'Albert

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Jean Doyen de Montaillou &
Michael Kovner
 
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John Cupschalk, Judy Bliss, Melissa Zack
& Anne Hall Elser
 
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Harry Chung &
Mary Latimer Chung

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John Farrell & Judy Bliss
 
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Nancy & Ernst Rothe
 
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Sarah & Jere Patterson

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Marion Straton &
a Guest
 
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Stuart Baker &
Doran Mullen
 
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Suzanne Milton &
a Guest
 
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Sue McClenachan, Rod O'Connell,
Diane Finerty & Marilyn Neilson

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Patricia Allen Ross & Karen Bevan
 
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Pauline Metcalf & Ron Gold
 
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Richard Rapaport & Ena Mcisz

 

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Sam Orleans, Kevin Hansley
& a Guest
 
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Guests
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Logan Gould & Margot Heinlein
 

To view photos from the 2011 Founders' Day celebration, click here. 2011 photos also courtesy of Annie Watt. 

Founders' Day
The  above image is the cover design from the 1885 invitation to the dedication ceremonies of the Pilgrim Statue erected in Central Park and donated by the New England Society.