“Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions constantly form associations. They have not only commercial and manufacturing companies, in which all take part, but associations of a thousand other kinds, religious, moral, serious, futile, general or restricted, enormous or diminutive. The Americans make associations to give entertainments, to found seminaries, to build inns, to construct churches, to diffuse books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they found hospitals, prisons, and schools. If it is proposed to inculcate some truth or to foster some feeling by the encouragement of a great example, they form a society.”

The graphic is from Maira Kalman’s superb New York Times blog “So Moved.” Whatever you do, read it now. And whatever you do, come to our first OUR TOWN forum. You bring your manners, we’ll bring the pizza! (Rarely do you get direct instruction for revolutionary France…)