Flowers of Paradise: Manuscripts & Illustrations from the Ephrata Cloister
Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
The Ephrata Cloister, a religious community in Lancaster County, was known for its printing press, decorated hymnals, and original music composed by its founder Conrad Beissel. Join us for a lecture by Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College and author of Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata, as he explores the illustrations and religious symbolism in the Cloister’s music books. Hymnals and other Cloister documents from HSP’s collection will be on display. The lecture will be accompanied by a live performance by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus and followed by a reception. Educators can receive Act 48 credit. This program is funded by a grant from the Connelly Foundation. FREE.
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies and one of the largest family history libraries in the nation. Following a complete merger with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, HSP is also a leading repository of immigrant and ethnic history. It is second only to the Library of Congress for material on the nation’s founding and is the country’s third most popular destination for genealogical study. With approximately 21 million records including manuscripts, graphics, and books that span over 350 years of history, HSP is an invaluable resource for historical research.
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