[Ads-l] Serenity Prayer (early instance March 9, 1933)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 24 21:42:35 UTC 2019

My post about the Serenity Prayer contained an OCR error.  "Mrs.
Harrie K. Chamberlin" should have been "Mrs. Harrie R. Chamberlin".

On Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 8:52 AM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> The following citation presents the second oldest full instance of the
> Serenity Prayer (I think). This post mentions three instances.
> However, Fred Shapiro or Stephen Goranson may know of other early
> instances of which I am unaware.
> [ref] 1933 March 9, The Atlanta Constitution, Y.W.C.A. Regional
> Conference Closes On Thursday, Quote Page 6, Column 7, Atlanta,
> Georgia. (Newspapers_com) [/ref]
> [Begin excerpt]
> The address of Mrs. Harrie K. Chamberlin, national president, will
> bring the conference to a close this morning, her subject being, "A
> New Role for Leadership." She will request Y. W. C. A. board and staff
> members to carry to their associations "hope for the future based upon
> experience of the past, with the courage to change what must be
> altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and insight to know
> one from the other."
> [End excerpt]
> A partial match for the Serenity Prayer was found in an entry dated
> October 31, 1932 of Winnifred Wygal's diary located at the Schlesinger
> Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute
> for Advanced Study Harvard University. Fred described this citation in
> his 2014 article in "The Chronicle Review". See below for a link to
> the article.
> The earliest full version of the Serenity Prayer appeared in the March
> 1933 issue of "The Woman’s Press" within an article titled "On the
> Edge of Tomorrow" by Winnifred Wygal. Fred also described this
> citation in his article in "The Chronicle Review".
> Website: The Chronicle Review (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
> Article title: Who Wrote the Serenity Prayer?,
> Article author: Fred R. Shapiro,
> Date on website: April 28, 2014
> https://www.chronicle.com/article/Who-Wrote-the-Serenity-Prayer-/146159/
> Garson

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