Dr Bob's Home

Dr Bob's Home This is the official page of Dr. Bob's Home, a National Historic Landmark in Akron, Ohio. As the birthplace of the Program and Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, we are dedicated to the good doctor's message of Love & Service.

Operating as usual

05/08/2021

As Bill placed the call in the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel, a mile and a half away Dr Bob was in a stupor, nearing the nadir of alcoholic despair.

“He had a desperate desire to stop, but saw no way out, for he had earnestly tried many avenues of escape. Painfully aware of being somehow abnormal, [Dr Bob] did not fully realize what it meant to be alcoholic.” - A Vision for You, p.155

05/08/2021

“He stepped into a booth and lifted the receiver.” - A Vision for You, p. 154

Great things from humble beginnings: A simple call on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend in 1935 set in motion a chain of events leading to our recovery from a hopeless state of mind and body.

Sadly, Harmon V., chairman of the board of the Dr. Bob's Home Foundation, passed away suddenly this last weekend. Aside ...
05/05/2021

Sadly, Harmon V., chairman of the board of the Dr. Bob's Home Foundation, passed away suddenly this last weekend. Aside from years as a tireless servant inside and outside of the rooms of AA, Harmon led the annual NUTS (Not Using The Steps) Big Book Experience, as well as numerous Founders' Day events. His presence will be greatly missed at Dr. Bob's Home.

For details regarding services please see Harmon's obituary below:
https://www.beaconjournal.com/story/news/2021/05/04/akron-area-alcoholics-anonymous-community-mourns-loss-hof-race-runner/4937053001/

Sadly, Harmon V., chairman of the board of the Dr. Bob's Home Foundation, passed away suddenly this last weekend. Aside from years as a tireless servant inside and outside of the rooms of AA, Harmon led the annual NUTS (Not Using The Steps) Big Book Experience, as well as numerous Founders' Day events. His presence will be greatly missed at Dr. Bob's Home.

For details regarding services please see Harmon's obituary below:
https://www.beaconjournal.com/story/news/2021/05/04/akron-area-alcoholics-anonymous-community-mourns-loss-hof-race-runner/4937053001/

GK Chesterton
05/02/2021

GK Chesterton

GK Chesterton

A founding moment of AA,  Dr. Carl Jung, via Roland H and Ebby T, gave Bill the substance of  the Second Step: the vital...
05/01/2021

A founding moment of AA, Dr. Carl Jung, via Roland H and Ebby T, gave Bill the substance of the Second Step: the vital psychic change, or spiritual experience.

Of the alcoholic Carl Jung said, “His craving for alcohol was the equivalent on a low level of the spiritual thirst of our being for wholeness…the union with God.” (Letter to Bill W., 1961)

A founding moment of AA, Dr. Carl Jung, via Roland H and Ebby T, gave Bill the substance of the Second Step: the vital psychic change, or spiritual experience.

Of the alcoholic Carl Jung said, “His craving for alcohol was the equivalent on a low level of the spiritual thirst of our being for wholeness…the union with God.” (Letter to Bill W., 1961)

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Blaise Pascal
04/23/2021

Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal

E. Stanley Jones
04/22/2021

E. Stanley Jones

E. Stanley Jones

04/21/2021
Spring, 1935 - After several months of trying to carry the message of recovery with little success, Bill W. visited Dr. ...
04/20/2021

Spring, 1935 - After several months of trying to carry the message of recovery with little success, Bill W. visited Dr. William Silkworth ("The Doctor's Opinion"). Whereas Bill had stressed his 'white light' experience, Dr. Silkworth suggested a different approach - address the common problem, then offer the spiritual solution. Shortly thereafter, Bill traveled to Akron where he had his first opportunity to practice this approach with Dr. Bob.

Spring, 1935 - After several months of trying to carry the message of recovery with little success, Bill W. visited Dr. William Silkworth ("The Doctor's Opinion"). Whereas Bill had stressed his 'white light' experience, Dr. Silkworth suggested a different approach - address the common problem, then offer the spiritual solution. Shortly thereafter, Bill traveled to Akron where he had his first opportunity to practice this approach with Dr. Bob.

Carl Jung
04/19/2021

Carl Jung

Carl Jung

Cecil Rose
04/15/2021

Cecil Rose

Cecil Rose

From the Akron Pamphlets (Spiritual Milestones)
04/14/2021

From the Akron Pamphlets (Spiritual Milestones)

From the Akron Pamphlets (Spiritual Milestones)

04/13/2021
David Steindl-Rast
04/12/2021

David Steindl-Rast

David Steindl-Rast

04/10/2021

On April 10th, 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous (“The Big Book”) was published. Contained in its pages is the program of recovery known as The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
“Our hope is that when this chip of a book is launched on the world tide of alcoholism, defeated drinkers will seize upon it to follow its suggestions.” - p.153, BB, “A Vision for You”

04/09/2021
Henrietta Seiberling, though non-alcoholic, played a vital role in the early days of AA. It was she who arranged the fir...
04/08/2021

Henrietta Seiberling, though non-alcoholic, played a vital role in the early days of AA. It was she who arranged the first meeting of Bill W. and Dr. Bob on Mother's Day, 1935 in the library of her home, the Gatehouse at Stan Hywet Hall.

Henrietta Seiberling, though non-alcoholic, played a vital role in the early days of AA. It was she who arranged the first meeting of Bill W. and Dr. Bob on Mother's Day, 1935 in the library of her home, the Gatehouse at Stan Hywet Hall.

George Bernard Shaw
04/07/2021

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

04/05/2021
Spring 1935: Dr. Bob first admitted his powerlessness at an Oxford Group meeting. The group prayed for the doctor. Bill ...
04/03/2021

Spring 1935: Dr. Bob first admitted his powerlessness at an Oxford Group meeting. The group prayed for the doctor. Bill W. arrived in Akron a few weeks later...

This meeting occurred at the home of T. Henry and Clarace Williams and is described on page 160 of the Big Book:
"Many a man, yet dazed from his hospital experience, has stepped over the threshold of that home into freedom."

Spring 1935: Dr. Bob first admitted his powerlessness at an Oxford Group meeting. The group prayed for the doctor. Bill W. arrived in Akron a few weeks later...

This meeting occurred at the home of T. Henry and Clarace Williams and is described on page 160 of the Big Book:
"Many a man, yet dazed from his hospital experience, has stepped over the threshold of that home into freedom."

04/02/2021
From Dr. Bob's Last Talk

"None of us would be here today if somebody hadn't taken time to explain things to us, to give us a little pat on the back, to take us to a meeting or two, to do numerous little kind and thoughtful acts in our behalf."

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An Oxford Group meditation guide.
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An Oxford Group meditation guide.

An Oxford Group meditation guide.

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Oscar Wilde
03/10/2021

Oscar Wilde

03/09/2021
A commonly used Oxford Group expression derived from the writings of Sam Shoemaker.
03/04/2021

A commonly used Oxford Group expression derived from the writings of Sam Shoemaker.

progress, not perfection
03/03/2021

progress, not perfection

Address

855 Ardmore Avenue
Akron, OH
44302

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00
Thursday 12:00 - 15:00
Friday 12:00 - 15:00
Saturday 12:00 - 15:00
Sunday 12:00 - 15:00

Telephone

+13308641935

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‘Flying Blind’: Literature & History of Early A.A.

Dr. Bob’s home and much of the history shared on our tours reflect the seminal period in which Alcoholics Anonymous was founded and developed into the Program and the Fellowship of today. This corresponds roughly to the fifteen years commencing with Bill and Bob’s first meeting in 1935 and concluding with the passing of Dr. Bob in 1950.

The ‘flying blind’ period refers to the early growth of the Fellowship prior to the publication of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous in April of 1939. During this time, members of the ‘alcoholic squad’ in Akron and the ‘drunk squad’ in New York used a variety of pre-conference literature in their quest for a conscious contact with a Higher Power.

Below is a general description of some of the authors, stories, and books referenced in our posts. Our intention is to inspire, to educate, and to share the experience of AA’s earliest members. To quote Henry Ford by way of the Big Book: Experience is the thing of supreme value in life.

June 2020.


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RIP HARMEN VELIE - YOUR LOVE AND COMMITTMENT TO DR BOBS WILL ECHO IN AA HISTORY
https://oldtimeaa.com/content/OldTimeAA.pdf
Thank you Cassy, Harmon, Paul, Dolly, and everyone who helped put this event together. Thank you Bill W. & Dr. Bob for this amazing journey. Thank you God for putting all this together and the people You have put in my life.
Looks really interesting.
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