Literacy Society 1813
The Young Ladies Literary Society was active in Deerfield from 1813 to 1817. It was founded with Orra White's help during her first year at Deerfield Academy and she remained its guiding spirit. Men and women across the United States began forming social libraries, bible societies, temperance societies, Masonic lodges, and dozens of other associations at the turn of the 19th century. Such groups played an important role in bringing people together in a rapidly moving and swiftly changing society.