We invite you to explore our online exhibits below. They emphasize some of the events, individuals and works that shaped A.A.'s beginnings. We hope this material will inspire interest and spread understanding of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Start and Growth of A.A.
The history of A.A. began in the United States, spread to Canada, and then went worldwide. A.A. presence now exists in more than 180 countries. Following is a short history about the start of A.A. and some of its key contributors.
This special nun cared for thousands of alcoholics for decades of her life. Sister Ignatia (1889-1966) was beloved by all who were associated with or helped by her. She was often referred to as the “Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous.”
In June 1945, a historic gathering took place in Cleveland, Ohio. It commemorated A.A.’s tenth anniversary. Over 2,500 members of Alcoholics Anonymous attended the two-day event. Members came from 36 states, two Canadian provinces, and Mexico.
Bill W. once wrote in the AA Grapevine that “Dr. Sam Shoemaker was one of A.A.’s indispensables. Had it not been for his ministry to us in our early time, our Fellowship would not be in existence today.”