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The Burroughs Newsboys Foundation

Aug. 13 1939: Some 500 newsies from Greater Boston communities had a swell time at the 600-acre Agassiz Village of the Burroughs Newsboys’ Foundation in West Poland, Maine, during the school vacation season. Most stayed for two weeks, but some in poorer physical condition are able to stay for a month in the camp’s natural surroundings. The village was alongside cool Lake Thompson. It even had its own “fire department,” manned by the boys themselves. Here the newsies got in shape by pitching hay.
Aug. 13 1939: Some 500 newsies from Greater Boston communities had a swell time at the 600-acre Agassiz Village of the Burroughs Newsboys’ Foundation in West Poland, Maine, during the school vacation season. Most stayed for two weeks, but some in poorer physical condition are able to stay for a month in the camp’s natural surroundings. The village was alongside cool Lake Thompson. It even had its own “fire department,” manned by the boys themselves. Here the newsies got in shape by pitching hay.(Larry O’Toole)

The Globe archive is bursting with photos of societies, foundations, and clubs that no longer exist. This one, The Burroughs Newsboys Foundation, was founded by Harry E. Burroughs to give Boston's newsboys life experiences that would give them a better future. The foundation building, at 10 Somerset St., offered classes in music, art, government, trades, and health. Burroughs also believed these boys needed to experience the outdoors, so with the financial help of friends, he started Agassiz Village, a camp where the boys could spend the summer at little or no cost. — Thea Breite and Lisa Tuite