FEDERAL RITMERS PROJECTS
Americ a0n OGude
Daytona Beaoh, Florida
Researohed by Rubye K. Goebel, SOCIETIES & ASSOOIATIONS #53
Sr. Intvr. (DeLand)
Approx.880 words Ootober 5, 1936
Located on a tract of land adjoining Lsce Helen, a
distance of 7 miles southeast of DeLand, is Oassadaga, the
winter headquarters of the Oassadaga Spirituallet Association,
founded in 1893 by George B, Colby.. The birth of this spiritual-
ist leader oouorred at about the time of the seott' introduction
into the United States in 1848.
In 1893, the first assembly was organized at Oassadaga,
Fla. with about 100 persons attending the three-day session. TWO
years later this session was extended to four weeks, and Colby
had the assistance of one of the seot's pioneers, W. J. Oolville,
and others with lecturer and clairvoyant descriptions.
At the present time there are annual sessions of six
months during the winter season Oct. to Merch. The attendance
runs into the thousands, gathering from all parts of the world.
*The average meeting atteinanoe is about 800 persons, and this
encampment has grown to be the second most important of its kind ,
in the United States.
The oamp proper is within a fenced area of 25 acres that".
were deeded to the Association by the founder. In the enclosure
SOOIrTIES s Aooi880A NS #530
Researched by Rubye K. Goebel,
.Daytona Beach, Florida
are approximately 75 rosidenoes, including duplex family houses,
apartments; a drnoe hall that also houses the office of the
Assooiation, and an auditoritan with a seating caplaoity of 1,000'
person, and the Csasadaga Hotel that has 50-rooms.
Cacradaga Spiritualist Association is inoorporated as
a nonprofit enterprise, having a capitalization of 265,000, with.
a Board of Trustoee and Stookholders.
"Our Veteran Philosopher",' as Colby oame to be oallei,
lived to the age of 84 years.
Seances and meetings are open to the public, and open
forum is conducted.
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By Rabye K. Ooebel, -8r. litvr.
October 5j 1936
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SOCIETIES & ASSOXIATIONS *530.
DAYTONA BEACMU, FLOIIIDA
From previous research in file
in Daytona. Beach office.