Olympic Society 2nd Floor - Room 38.


Olympic Society 2nd Floor - Room 38.
This image depicts a meeting of the Olympic Society, which was one of four literary societies referred to as the “Lyceum Societies.” The Olympic Society was the successor to the Riceonian Literary Society which was started by a group of twelve students in the summer of 1875. The original motto of the Riceonian was “True culture, self-culture,” and the society’s constitution declared that its purpose was to reflect true culture by means of “contact with the thought of the good and the great” (Putnam, 227). The name was changed to the “Olympic” society shortly after 1880 when the Lyceum was reorganized into four literary societies under a single constitution (228).
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