|Title||Boy's Brigade - Bingham, ME, Congregational Church|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
Boy's Brigade of the Bingham (Maine) Congregational Church posed in uniforms with drum corps and U.S. flag. The group is posed beside the former Warren/Forrest Colby home at the corner of Main and Murray Streets in Bingham. Donigan's Store is visible at the back left. Indentified boys include Robert Colby Moore, Allan P. Robinson and his brother Colby Robinson. Rev. Thomas Hatt in back row.
Note on the origin of the Boys Brigade from a letter written by Dr. Victor J.W. Christie of Florida and New Jersey to Harold M. Sterling, 1990:
"The UBBA [United Boys Brigade of America] had its origin in Glasgow, Scotland in 1883. It started in the United States in 1892 and by the year 1908 it had a National Headquarters in Pittsburg and over 20,000 members. It was sponsored by a church, Sunday School, YMCA or some other Christian institution. I have located "companies" in 13 states and the District of Columbia. It is my intention to document the history of this organization and to determine why this forerunner of the Boy Scout movement desappeared without leaving records..."