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Taft Laying Cornerstone at Y.M.C.A.

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In the photo below the President speaks to the thousands of people in attendance, for the laying of the cornerstone of the new Y.M.C.A building.

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Below is a close-up of the previous picture, showing the President at the podium.

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The photo below shows the the President laying mortar to the base before the cornerstone is lowered into place.

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In the photo below you can see the size of the crowd, as viewed from the stage.  People gathered on the tops of buildings across the street to get a better view of the President.  The building on the right is St. Mary's Church, built a few years earlier.   The building in the center of the photo [across the street]   with the "three spires" is the G.A.R. Hall.   It would be many years before the G.A.R. Hall was moved to it's current location on Dane Street.

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