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It has been ten months since Roger Robertson published the last issue of the Stationary Engine Society Newsletter. During this time, neither he nor the SES has been dormant.

The Stationary Engine Society has awakened from months of hibernation. With summer has come a metamorphosis which we believe will provide us with a more active organization than ever before. Here are the recent developments.

At a March meeting in North Franklin, Connecticut, SES representatives Roger Robertson, Conrad Milster, and George King met with officers of our British counterpart the Stationary Engine Research Group. During this meeting, we finalized plans to merge both organizations into the 'International Stationary Steam Engine Society.'

The name says it all. ISSES expands the scope of the organization to encompass other countries in fact, the world while focusing on stationary steam engines, which have been the sole interest of the British group and the primary interest of SES members. Through this reorganization we hope to maintain our fraternity of American engine enthusiasts while widening our horizons to encompass global camaradarie with those who share our fascination with steam machinery.

We invite you to join us in the International Stationary Steam Engine Society. With a membership in ISSES you will help us support interest in and appreciation of the history, documentation, and preservation of stationary steam engines throughout the world. Each member will receive a quarterly bulletin.

Reviewing volume twelve, number one of the Stationary Engine Research Group's publication, I note that it is 5 x 8 inches in size and sixty pages long including a fold-out of the tandem compound mill engine. (A new variation on the centerfold principle.) We plan to keep the same format in the ISSES Bulletin. We will, however, change the material we publish to an equitable mixture of information from America, Great Britain, and other countries as well. To facilitate this change in the apportionment of material, we encourage you to submit articles, stories, letters, and other information for publication.

Membership is being offered at twenty dollars per year, which includes four issues of the Bulletin. The annual ISSES Journal, a more scholarly and technical publication of approximately 100 pages, is also available to members at an additional cost of ten dollars.

For more information contact: Conrad Milster, 178 Emerson Place, Brooklyn, New York 11205.