Documentary film on founding of AA in Akron, Ohio

from Akron Beacon Journal

A documentary film about the historic meeting arranged by Henrietta Seiberling where she introduced Bill Wilson to Dr. Bob Smith in the Gate Lodge at Stan Hywet in Akron on May 12, 1935, was to be shown this past week in Akron.

It was to be part of preparations to unveil a new exhibit inside the Gate Lodge that has restored the historic place back to what it looked like when the meeting took place that led to founding principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

But the coronavirus has put all that on hold, along with the opening of Stan Hywet Hall and the Gate Lodge for public tours for the time being. The grounds are open Wednesday through Sundays so the public can enjoy the gardens for free but the buildings remain closed.

The film’s director Kathy Anderson said she was looking forward to returning to Akron for the showing of “Witness to a Miracle: The Mary Seiberling Tapes” in the place where it all began.

The 43-minute documentary film traces its origins back to a 2015 interview she conducted with Mary Seiberling Huhn, daughter of Henrietta Seiberling, on her recollections of growing up on the estate of the founding family of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and, in particular, the night a movement to help alcoholics was born.

Mary Huhn has since passed away, but she shared vivid recollections during the interview of the night that Bill W. and Dr. Bob visited the Gate Lodge where her family lived at the time, Anderson said.

Prohibition in South Africa today and yesterday (article)

The current alcohol ban is history repeating itself

Cape Talk, 14 May 2020

Prohibition? We’ve been here before. SA’s current alcohol ban has prompted a look at the country’s history.

If you have a desire for a product like alcohol, and if you have enough cash, you will get it – whether it’s banned or not.

South Africa is no stranger to prohibition legislation.

In the 1960s similar laws were in effect – but mainly aimed at African consumers.

Prof Paul Nugent, Professor of Comparative African History at the University of Edinburgh, looks back on the temperance movement and prohibition in South Africa.