Self-Guided Tours only

Founders' Day Weekend

June 11-13

10am-4:30 pm

Honor the 86th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which started with a meeting on Mother's Day, 1935 in the Gate Lodge between two admitted alcoholics, Bill W. and Dr. Bob. A meeting that was supposed to last minutes lasted hours and became the underpinnings of a movement that continues to help millions worldwide.  Admissiong to the Gate Lodge is free during Founders' Day Weekend. Scroll down for details.


  • Admission is free for Founders' Day visitors to the Gate Lodge. Enjoy the new immersive exhibit, Henrietta Seiberling: A Spark for a Movement.
  • Founders’ Day activities at the University of Akron are entirely virtual on June 12-13; there are NO onsite activities.  
  • There is no shuttle service  to the University of Akron this year.
  • Molly’s Shop sells commemorative Gate Lodge mementos.
  • Molly’s Café offers salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, soft drinks and sweet treats.



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