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I just beginning the journey of learning how to write a fictional story. Based on personal experiences at a summer camp. I would like to use the true name of this YWCA camp.It, unfortunately no longer exists as a camp as was purchased for residential development. Must I seek permission from the YWCA organization to use the camp name and references to places within? The book is intended to be fictional but also to preserve certain memories/historical elements  of the nearly 100 year old camp.Also would it be pertinent to approach the current business owners of the camp land in case there is some affiliation with the name?
Thank you.

You must approach YWCA since they once owned the camp- not the current property owner(s).

Any real and true names must have written permission to use or you can be held liable for any liability that ensures. Either obtain written permission, or change the name(s) of person, places, and details using names.

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