The first recorded meeting of the St. James Literary Society took place on January 12, 1898. The small group of seven men who met in the schoolroom of the Church of St. James the Apostle on that eventful evening were united with the same ideal: they all wished to organize some type of debating society. The type of association they agreed upon has remained almost unchanged for 115 years. Their objective was:
“the intellectual improvement of its members by means of speeches, essays, debates, etc., on social, political and literary subjects.”
Since then, scores of fascinating topics have been offered to the Society’s members. And year after year, the Society strives to invite new speakers who will appeal to a sophisticated, discerning and critical clientele, a reflection of its continuing commitment to bring presenters of the highest calibre to its members as well as to the public at large.
If you would like to suggest a speaker or an activity, do not hesitate to let us know!