A reader recently e-mailed me with the suggestion of starting local traditionalist groupuscles. These groupuscles, she wrote, could meet regularly for discussion and socialization, acting both as a breeding ground for ideas and as a sort of therapy for their participants, reminding them that they’re not alone in their beliefs. She mentioned Mark Richardson’s Eltham Traditionalists as a model. I like the idea, and so do the rest of our contributors, so I’m happy to give it a try.
Here’s how we’re going to do it. Anyone who’s interested in forming or joining a traditionalist group should either post their location in the comments for this page or, for greater anonymity, e-mail them to me. Needless to say, there’s no need to get too specific (the name of your city, county, or equivalent will do), nor to divulge any other personal information. When we reach a decent number of people, I’ll pin their locations to a publicly visible Google map, which I’ll post here. After that, if you see other people in your area and want to form a local group, contact me again, and I’ll give you the contact details for those people, leaving it to you to work out the details with them, form the group, decide how it should be organized, where and when it should meet, what it should do, and so forth. If the project is successful, I’ll begin maintaining a list of existing groups with contact details, so that anyone who lives in (or is passing through) an area where there’s already a group can join in.
Alternately, for those who are too far away from anyone else to attend meetings regularly, there’s also the possibility of conferencing through Skype or an equivalent thereof. If anyone has any ideas about how this could be organized, e-mail me at the address given above.
New York City area: Jim Kalb (jimkalb AT gmail.com)
Los Angeles area: Our Los Angeles contact has asked to remain anonymous. To get in touch, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll pass it on.
London (UK) area: Our London contact has asked to remain anonymous. To get in touch, e-mail me at email@example.com, and I’ll pass it on.
Vancouver area: B. Horne (vancouvertrads AT gmail.com).