Robert Louis Srevenson
Memorial Cottage & Museum
Historic Stevenson Society
The Stevenson Society was first called the Stevenson Memorial Committee and fulfilled its original purpose on October 30, 1915, when,at the Saranac Lake cottage occupied in 1887-1888 by Robert Louis Stevenson, it unveiled a bronze bas-relief memorial tablet designed by Gutzon Borglum. On that occasion the committee was resolved into a permanent organization, renamed as the Stevenson Society, its "membership open to anyone interested in the author and his works and who desire to spread his brave philosophy of living."
THE STEVENSON MEMORIAL COMMSTTEE-Under whose direction plans were made for the unveiling of the tablet. Front row from left: Dr. Hugh M. Kinghorn, Stephen Chalmers, Gutzon Borglum, Dr. Alien K. Kraus, C.M. Palmer, M.M. Feustmann, C.S. Thurston. Back row from left: Ernest H. Baldwin, Robert H. Davis, Dr. Lawrason Brown ....
According to its original charter, the purposes of the Stevenson Society are:
(1) The collection and preservation of relics of Robert Louis Stevenson;
(2) The collection and preservation of original manuscripts and first editions of his works;
(3) The collection and preservation of books relating to Stevenson, and
(4) The ultimate acquiring of a permanent home for proper housing of the collection.
The Society achieved its principal objectives in 1915, purchasing the Baker Cottage as a permanent home for the collection.
Many leading figures of American Arts & Letters became founding members of the Stevenson Society. Among the early members were the editor/publisher Sam McClure of McClure's Magazine, painter Will H. Low, an intimate friend of Stevenson in their days together at Barbizon, the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, New York Sun writer Robert H. Davis and author Stephen Chalmers. Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, the renowned TB researcher and physician who treated Stevenson during the author's stay in Saranac Lake was also a founding member, as were other important local figures like Colonel Waiter Scott.
A PowerPoint overview about the current Stevenson Society, its memorial cottage, collection and purposes can be dowloaded here.
New Members Are Always Welcome!
The Stevenson Society of America is always looking for new members, both national and international.
If you would like to become a member of the Stevenson Society, please print out the .pdf format form provided here, or the Word document provided here (When prompted, Save the file to your desk top and open it on your computer) and mail to:
The Stevenson Society of America
P.O. Box 607
Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12983
With membership you are entitled to a free tour of the museum by our extremely knowledgable curator and if you provide an email address, updates on any upcoming events, additions to our collection, etc. Donations are always needed as we strive to keep alive the spirit and memory of Robert Louis Stevenson.