This Day in History – December 9th, 1851

250px-Montreal_-_YMCA,_Rue_des_Récollets_et_Rue_Sainte-Hélène_-_01_-_20050324When time traveling you will often find yourself without a place to stay, but if you are a young man and you are “short on dough” then “there’s a place you can go” where you might even “find many ways to have a good time,” so long as you land after December 9th, 1851 and happen to be Montreal; the day the first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was opened.

As a result of 19th century industrialization many young men and women were moving to the cities in search of work, but decent affordable housing was at a shortage (as it is today) so the YMCA, and its female counterpart (YWCA), were established to provide low-cost housing in a safe Christian environment for rural young men and women. The YMCA combined preaching in the streets and the distribution of religious tracts with a social ministry. Philanthropists saw them as places for wholesome recreation that would preserve youth from the temptations of alcohol, gambling, and prostitution and that would promote good citizenship.

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But if one is craving the temptations of alcohol, gambling, and prostitution instead, Canada has never actually made prostitution illegal, so plenty of highly successful brothels will happily take a time traveler’s hard currency, but one should probably check YELP to see if any take interdimensional credit

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