Sneak Preview - Stepping Stones Foundation to Celebrate 40 Years of Lois' Vision for the Wilsons' Home
December 2019 is the 40th Anniversary of the Stepping Stones Foundation, which was created by Lois Wilson and ensures that the Wilsons' home and archives in NY are always available to you. We invite you to be a part of the excitement as we reminisce about 40 years and look ahead to the next 40. An upcoming highlight to watch out for follows.

"Stepping Stones Online - The Living Legacy of Bill & Lois Wilson"

This brand new series of online programs will kick off with a two-part interview with William H. Schaberg on his forthcoming book "Writing the Big Book: The Creation of A.A."

Above: Photo from Lois' "Gallery" at Stepping Stones showing Lois, Stepping Stones Foundation President, at the 1981 unveiling in Washington DC of a Postage Stamp. Lois' vision for the Foundation included building public awareness of alcoholism prevention and recovery. (Left to right: Walter Murphy, National Council on Alcoholism / NCA; Lois; Postmaster General William F. Bolger; Brinkley Smithers, NCA.)
Fall 2019 Brings a Fresh Outlook for the Home, Garage, & Office
You may think you are seeing Stepping Stones through a new pair of glasses on your next visit! You will see three freshly-painted buildings along with porch, New York historic marker, and chimney restorations, including the return of the circle and triangle symbol to the chimney. The Wilsons' home, their two-car garage housing the Welcome Center display and shop, and the building that Lois built to include space for the Foundation office, are being painted with historically-accurate colors: Benjamin Moore Night Shade, Atrium White, and discontinued French Blue ("Stepping Stones Blue"). Nearly every inch of each structure's exterior - from roof to foundation - is being inspected and repaired. This is to combat the wear and tear from weather and critters - from carpenter bees to woodchucks - just like the Wilsons experienced "out here in the country" as Lois put it. Our upcoming Annual Appeal is a chance for you to support this type of important maintenance of the site.
Visitor Views - 2019
In 2019 we have hosted 2,250 visitors so far and some shared the following:
"I am so overwhelmed with gratitude at the moment I can't tell you what I may have gained except for, hopefully, a bit of humility."
- David, Nottingham, England

"Saying The Serenity Prayer at The Kitchen Table!! I felt welcome immediately!! It felt like a Real home.What a Journey!! Thank you Bill & Lois!! Thank you Stepping Stones!!" - Visitor from Trucksville, PA

"Fabulous tour. Thank you!...Super serious knowledge and making it come alive." - Deb, Jacksonville, FL
Mark Your Calendar for the 69th Annual Picnic
The 69th Annual Stepping Stones Lois' Family Groups Picnic will be the first Saturday in June - Saturday, June 6, 2020 at noon with speakers at 2 p.m. Check future emails and our website for ticket announcements next year.

To volunteer, support, or suggest a speaker for the Picnic, please email
Lois at picnic
Above: Lois, Annual Picnic, from the Stepping Stones Archives.
Volunteer for the Online Archive
We invite your volunteer application for a special archive project that can be worked on from any location with internet access. Training will be provided. The goal of the project is to make it possible to search the 100,000 items in Stepping Stones Archives by keywords in much the same way you search the internet. The massive effort will take the participation of many volunteers who will be a part of a historic, once-in-a-lifetime project.

To apply, email for information about the application process, time frame and volunteer commitment.
More Service Opportunities

  • Photography
  • Audio / Video Editing
  • Graphics & Web Design
  • Media Relations & Social Media
  • Event Planning & Hosting
  • Clerical & Administrative
  • Garden, *Landscape & *Tree Work
  • Computer & Network Technology
  • Research & Writing
  • *Trades (Plumbing, Carpentry, etc.)
*Opportunities that may require licensing and insurance.

For information:

Help Us Make a Replica of the Quilt from Lois' Gallery
Send Us 1940s and 1950s Vintage Neck Ties
A generous volunteer with extensive quilting experience has offered to create a replica of the quilt that long-adorned the day bed in the "Gallery" at Stepping Stones. Visitors know it best as the spot where the inflated dinosaur rests. A textile conservator has advised us to put the well-worn quilt (detail pictured here) into storage to prevent further degradation and to present a replica. The original has hundreds of strips of patterned and solid fabrics - mostly silk - from the 1940s and 1950s. If you have vintage ties you would like to give us for possible inclusion in the replica, please mail them to Stepping Stones, 62 Oak Road, Katonah, NY 10536.
Let's Be Friendly With Our Friends - Events by Friends in the Field That May Interest You
Moments...An Evening with Bill W.

A One-Man Play followed by Discussion at the Reel Recovery Festival, East Village Cinema, NYC, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7 p.m.

This play features actor Andrew Matthews as Bill W. Audiences experience what it might have been like to hear Bill W. tell his own story of alcoholism and recovery in a Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in New York in the 1950s.

Stepping Stones mailing list members who buy play tickets are entitled to use their play ticket to attend any same-day Reel Recovery Festival film screening on a space-available basis.

Above: 1957, Bill W. greets members at an A.A. meeting. As you see here, a flower for the lapel was often provided for meeting speakers. Image from Stepping Stones Archives, WGW Collection.
Stepping Stones Foundation
Phone: 914.232.4822
Address: 62 Oak Road, Katonah, NY 10536

The Stepping Stones Foundation (Federal I.D. number 13-3031164) is a taxexempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization accepting contributions that are tax-deductible to the extent provided by U.S. Law.

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