Brief History of The Ebell of Los Angeles


“I Will Find a Way or Make One — I Serve”

Adrian Ebell, born September 30th 1840, in Ceylon, of  German-British-Dutch ancestry; brought to America while very young by an older sister who had married an American missionary.  He was educated at Easthampton and Yale, and later, at German Universities.

Ebell tried his hand at teaching music, writing, lecturing, and soldiering.  Always deeply interested in a wider horizon for women everywhere, through the extension of opportunities for higher education.  Dr. Ebell initiated the organization of study classes for women in the eastern part of our country which included travel to Europe and studies in Berlin. Out of these efforts grew a group of women’s societies known as “Chapter of the International Society of Arts and Science” headquarted in Berlin.  In 1876 a chapter of this society was established in Oakland, CA.

After a visit to California, Dr. Ebell was returning to Europe to further his plans for an international college for women, when he was stricken with fever that resulted in his death at the age of 36.

In 1894, The Ebell of Los Angeles was organized.

Such was the man to whose memory the Ebell Clubs of California — among which The Ebell of Los Angeles is third in order of organization — chose to build living monuments by taking his name and carrying on his work through the education of women.  May we perform the task worthily and prove loyal to our chosen legend, “I serve.”

Check out the article published in the NY Times, Ebell in the News.
Check out the article published in the LA Times, Ebell in the News.