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The YMCA

In Fargo there were three attempts to organize the YMCA. It was finally established in 1886 during a meeting at Mrs. S.G. Roberts’ home. The YMCA boasted an impressive gymnasium and workout facilities, as well as the reading room furnished with a wide variety of materials. This new venue offered young men an opportunity similar to that offered by the fraternal lodges. It took the traditionally feminine moral values and gave them a masculine character that could be easily adopted.[1]

[1] Engelhardt, Carroll L, Gateway to the Northern Plains Railroads and the Birth of Fargo and Moorhead (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007), 179.

Scott Becklund is a senior at North Dakota State University majoring in history and minoring business. Following graduation, Scott hopes to pursue grad school with a career in law being his ultimate goal.

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