On January 22, 1895, 583 business leaders gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the theater of the Odd Fellows' Temple, to launch a national organization dedicated to advancing manufacturing in the United States. What was going on in 1895 that led to the association's founding? Manufacturing in America: A History of Excellence gives this encapsulation:
Back in 1895 . . .
And what was the NAM's very first convention like? Thanks to the Hagley Museum and Library's collection of NAM documents and images, we can get a general sense. Here's what archivist Ashley Williams writes about that day:
Three years later, McKinley was president, and he addressed a thousand people at the third annual NAM convention in Washington, D.C. An excerpt of that address:
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