Historical Society Offers Two Lectures

BETHANY — The Disciples of Christ Historical Society will offer two lectures by historian Dr. Jerry Rushford at Bethany Memorial Church next Saturday, April 22.

He is director of the Jerry Rushford Center for Research on Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement at Pepperdine University.

Rushford will give his first lecture at 9:30 a.m. on the topic, “Alexander Campbell in the Old Country (The Historic Four-Month Journey in 1847).”

After sailing to America in 1809, Campbell — founder of Bethany College and the Disciples of Christ — returned to the “Old Country” on just one occasion, in 1847. There were many high points on his journey such as preaching to audiences of more than 2,000 and meeting many British church leaders. One surprising low point occurred when Campbell was put in prison in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rushford’s second lecture will begin at 11 a.m. His topic will be “Garfield and Gano: Brothers in Christ (A Dual Biography of Two Civil War Generals).”

Historical society officials said, “James A. Garfield from Ohio and Richard Montgomery Gano from Kentucky fought on different sides in the Civil War. However, these devout Christian men, who were only a year apart in age, had much in common including their profound admiration for Alexander Campbell and their love of Bethany College.”

Participants will have lunch on their own, then have two afternoon options. They may visit the new home of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society and tour the Campbell Mansion in Bethany from 1-3 p.m. or join a tour of historic sites relating to Thomas and Alexander Campbell in the area near Bethany and Washington, Pa., from 1-5 p.m. Dr. Arthur Keys and Dr. Larry Grimes will lead the tour.

To register or for more information, contact Shelley Jacobs, archivist for the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, by telephone at 615-327-1444 or by email at dchs1941@gmail.com.

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