Bill Wilson worked to help AA grow to become a worldwide fellowship while living at Stepping Stones from 1941 until his death in 1971. Today AA estimates that more than 2 million people in more than 170 countries belong to the fellowship. “Alcoholics Anonymous,” the book for which Bill Wilson served as primary editor, is one of the most popular books of all time with over 34 million copies distributed in English alone according to AA. Bill Wilson wrote the book “The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” in his writing studio at Stepping Stones.
Lois Wilson lived at Stepping Stones until her death at the age of 97 and a half in 1988. She cofounded the group for family and friends of alcoholics, Al-Anon Family Groups, in 1951 in her “gallery” at Stepping Stones. The “gallery,” as Lois called it, is her office and library with walls and shelves covered with material related to AA history. Lois also worked in support of Alateen, a group for the children of alcoholics. She founded and served as first President of the Stepping Stones Foundation in 1979 to ensure that the property would be maintained and available for future generations.
The nonprofit, tax-exempt Stepping Stones Foundation (www.steppingstones.org) preserves the home and its contents (15,000 items), Bill W.’s writing studio, 100,000 manuscripts, and more than 8 acres of gardens and woodlands. The Foundation offers tours by reservation Mon. through Sat. at and off-site programs. To volunteer or support Stepping Stones, the public may call914-232-4822, email [email protected], go online towww.steppingstones.org, visit Facebook at facebook.com/BillWHome or find the organization on Twitter as @BillWHome.
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