Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp
Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp


Timeline of Historical Events

1848

  - George P. Colby born
- Advent of Modern Spiritualism
1875   - Colby came to Florida
1876   - DeLand, FL founded
1879   - Lily Dale Spiritualist Assembly organized in New York
1880   - Colby filed homestead for 74.4 acres
1883   - Lake Helen, FL founded
- Stetson University founded in Deland, FL
1893   - National Spiritual and Liberal Association organized at DeLeon Springs, FL
1894   - Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association formed
1895   - Florida "Freeze of 1895"
1897   - Cassadaga dedicated a new 400-seat auditorium
1902   - Association's receipts equaled $1,559.58, expenditures equal $1,559.58,
   indebtedness of Association less than $2,000
- Brigham Hall erected
1909   - Association receipts equal $3,402.34, expenditures equal $1,517.53
1910's   - Association had 3 deep rock wells drilled
1918   - Conflict erupts over the selection of the Board of Trustees
1922   - Association receipts equal $8,339.31, expenditures equal $7,031.36
1923   - Colby Temple constructed
1926   - Cassadaga Hotel destroyed by fire
1928   - Rebuilt Cassadaga Hotel opened
1933   - George Colby died
- Association sold Cassadaga Hotel
1938   - First issue of THE CASSADEGAN published
1939   - Board required all mediums working on grounds to register with Association
1944   - Association considers reorganizing as a membership organization
1947   - Lacking a quorum, annual meeting closed without handling any new business
1958   - Association receipts equal $8,577.97, expenditures equal $9,352.45
1968   - Board carried motion that any new stock issued would have
  "non-transferrable" placed on certificate
1970   - Board approved assessing each house $1 per month to raise revenue for
  Camp maintenance
1971   - Resolution passed banning mediums from using any object or machinery in
   their practice
1982   - Two scientists test mediums to learn if their brain waves during a trance
   differed from normal non-trance brain activity
1989   - Smith et al v. Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association: 
  Appellate Court affirmed the Association's status as a membership organization
1992 - Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp receives designation as a National Historic Site
1994   - Camp celebrates its Centennial
1997   - "Spirit of Cassadaga" photographic exhibition opens
2000 - Publication of "Cassadaga: The South's Oldest Spiritualist Community"
   by University of Florida Press
2009   - Renovation and expansion of Bookstore
2010   - Opening of Julia Slater Museum

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