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Saturday, October 11, 2014

The "LDub's Polaroids of Lancaster's History: Part II" Story

My Polaroid of Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA.
It was an ordinary day.  Walking the campus of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.  As I headed back to my car which I had parked on College Avenue, I noticed another building across the street that I had taken a Polaroid photo of years ago.  Place actually fronts on West James Street, but is open on one side to F & M on College Avenue.  
Photo I took recently of the main building.
The Lancaster Theological Seminary (LTS) is affiliated with the United Church of Christ in Lancaster and was founded in 1825 by members of the German Reformed Church.  After a series of tries to open a school of Theology in various town and cities, the Seminary moved to Mercersburg, PA under the charter of Marshall College.  
This is the housing for those who attend the Seminary.
In 1853 Marshall College moved to Lancaster to join with Franklin College.  Since the Seminary was associated with Marshall College, it eventually moved onto the campus of F&M in 1871.  The site across from F&M was purchased in 1893 and the buildings were completed and occupied the following year.  Lancaster Theological Seminary is one of seven seminaries holding full relationship with the UCC.  A good friend of my wife graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary and was a UCC minister until she decided to work with my wife at the Parish Resource Center which was founded in 1976 by LTS professor Douglas Whiting.  As I walked around the majestic buildings of the Seminary today I felt like a part of the history of the building in Lancaster County.  The beautiful architecture of all the buildings may me fell as if I was living in a different era.  Explore with me the Lancaster Theological Seminary through my photos as I take you back to another era.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.



The walks are all laid out in this beautiful pattern.  Does make you dizzy while walking on it if you are looking down all the time.
Another look at the architecture.  This birds head is shown on either side of the main entrance.
Stained glass window above the main door to the Seminary.
This miniature monument stands in a garden of grasses.  It says: May Peace Prevail On Earth.  It is in 10 languages as well as hand language.
I'm sure this beautiful window looks fantastic from the inside. 
This is a 36" x 48" painting of the Theological Seminary which was painted by Lancaster artist Freiman Stoltzfus.
This is a 1904 post card that I found of the Theological Seminary in Lancaster.  See if you can read what is written around the edge of the card. Click to enlarge.

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