Preserving Heritage: Goal $3 Million
Our commitment to the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies is a commitment to our heritage. Maintaining an interest in the culture and beliefs of the Brethren and Anabaptist communities is a hallmark of scholarship at the Young Center. Passing on that scholarship to new faces and generations is a cornerstone of student involvement.
The Young Center is an integral part of academic life at Elizabethtown, as well as a critical piece of the promotion of Anabaptist and Pietist study across the country and across the world. It is internationally recognized, and the only center of its kind, devoted exclusively to the scholarly study and interpretations of the Anabaptist and Pietist communities and their heritage.
The Bucher Meetinghouse is a hub of activity at the Young Center. Between lectures, seminars, and banquets, our students, faculty, and staff, along with scholars and community members have the incredible opportunity to be immersed in a history and culture that is otherwise disappearing from our modern world. Maintaining an interest in, and active scholarship of, the culture and beliefs of these fascinating groups drives scholarship at the Young Center.
Incredibly, despite the small nature of the Young Center, we are one of the few Anabaptist and Pietist studies centers that has a curator for our archives collection. With the expansion of the Center, we must maintain our commitment to fully fund the generous Hess Archives located in the High Library.
Don Kraybill, PhD, discusses how the planned expansion of the Young Center at Elizabethtown College will help the College stay true to our roots.
This portion of our campaign was so heartily received that the Young Center expansion project has nearly already been funded through generous donations. Through this campaign, it is also our goal to establish an endowment fund for the Young Center so that the programs, research and activities it provides always remain available and at the height of excellence.
Endowment gifts are used to promote scholarship for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Endowment provides long-term financial support for the Center’s programs, and helps attract distinguish scholars who further enhance the work being done. Endowments allow us to grow our national recognition and impact, and ultimately spread the study of Anabaptist and Pietist groups. Any endowed gift given to the Young Center provides more opportunities for our internationally recognized center to complete scholarship, research, and to give back to our community.
Every donation makes a difference for the students, faculty, staff, and scholars across the globe, and enables them to explore the religious and cultural roots of these groups while preserving a unique and prestigious heritage.
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