Milton Academy Club.
The Milton Academy Club is an organization of graduates of Milton Academy, Milton, Mass., who are now in Harvard. It has been the custom of the club to hold an annual dinner.
SECRETARIES OF COLLEGE CLASSES.
1873. Arthur L. Ware…………………..Milton
Harvard Eng1neering Society.
The society was organized in January, 1894, with Prof. Hollis as its first president, to whose early efforts the society owes in great measure its existence. The annual election of off1cers occurs in February; new members are admitted both at that time and also at the beginning of each college year. The Executive Committee selects from each class, at those times, such men as it may deem eligible to membership, who are also in good and regular standing either in the College or in the Lawrence Scientific School, and who have successfully passed the final examinations of the freshman year, special students sometimes being admitted.
The object of the society is the promotion of science, and particularly the bringing of its members into contact with practical engineering. For this purpose, prominent engineers in active practice address the society on subjects of direct interest.
There is a Civil Section, holding additional meetings of its own aside from the regular monthly meetings of the society.
The Pierian Sodality.
The Pierian Sodality is the oldest amateur musical organization of which there is any record in this country. It was founded in 1808 by Alpheus Bigelow, Benjamin Bartlett, Joseph Eaton, John Gardiner, and Frederick Kinlock; and on its membership roll we find such names as William Powell Mason, Bishop Wainwright, and William Ware. The idea of the founders was to make the club a purely social organization, and with this view, their musical endeavors were confined to ” rehearsals ” and serenades given in the neighboring towns.
For a while everything went satisfactorily; but in 1832 the life of the club hung in the balance. The membership had dwindled to one. However, with spirit as commendable as it is unusual, this member elected himself to all the offices, attended his own rehearsals, and so carried the club through the year, when it was set firmly on its feet again.
In later years, the Sodality has changed from a social to a purely musical organization, and membership is a reward of merit. Men of sufficient ability are taken on after they have been ” tried ” in several concerts.
The Sodality is now in a very flourishing condition, containing over fortyfive active members. Under the guidance of a professional coach it has made great progress during the past year.
Harvard Guitar and Mandolin Club.
The Harvard Guitar and Mandolin Club was organized in 1887, by G. R. Payson, T. S. Beecher, J. W. Coombs, and R. D. Ware. Since that time, interest in it has steadily increased, so that at the present, at the semi-annual trials for membership, a large number of candidates always appear, from which a few of the best are chosen.
The prohibition of the annual Christmas trip through the West did much to discourage members of the club, but notwithstanding this fact, the organization is at present in a flourishing condition. During the winter months, the Guitar and Mandolin Club, in conjunction with the Glee and Banjo clubs, give many concerts in and about Boston.