Meet at the PSU dining hall on High Street in Plymouth. Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m.
We often have a visit to a place of local interest or an activity after breakfast. This month we will visit the Draper and Maynard Building for a talk and a tour of artifacts by Louise McCormack, curator. Here is what the PSU website has to say about the Draper Maynard Building:
“The former Draper and Maynard Sporting Goods Factory (D&M) is located in Plymouth, New Hampshire on the campus of Plymouth State University. D&M’s contribution to the world of professional sport and this community is well documented. As early as the late 1890s the two owners of the then present glove factory, Mr. Jason F. Draper and John F. Maynard, recognized the commercial value of the Arthur Irwin’s (Providence Grays shortstop) concept of a padded glove. The idea of a padded glove for professional baseball might minimize injury while enhancing performance. From this event to several visits to the factory by Boston Red Sox players over the next several decades helped solidify this factory as one of the early, leading sporting goods manufacturers in the United States.
Currently, Plymouth State University houses hundreds of original artifacts from this factory and D&M Ltd, the oldest sporting goods factory in Japan. These items have been donated or loaned by PSU alumni, living relatives of the Maynard family and supportive citizens.”
Louise McCormack has just published a book about Draper and Maynard, and will have copies available.
Join us for a delicious breakfast followed by some interesting local history!
Parking for the Breakfast Club has been arranged through PSU security in Commuter Lot #301 on the first Friday of each month. Please contact Mitch at [email protected] for a parking permit to place in the front window of your car during these mornings only.