ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
ALL EXCEPT THE SYMPOSIUM AND THE YOUNG CENTER BANQUET ARE FREE OF CHARGE.
Thursday, February 13, 2020 • 7:00 pm • Bucher Meetinghouse
“She do preach up terror alarmingly”: The Publick Universal Friend, Jemima Wilkinson
Discover the life of Jemima Wilkinson, also known as the “Publick Universal Friend,” a Quaker-born woman from Rhode Island whose fiery preaching amassed a following from New England to Pennsylvania in the late eighteenth century. Candace Kintzer Perry will discuss the Friend’s curious blend of Quakerism and Methodism, her unconventional lifestyle, and how she attracted an affluent Schwenkfelder family to support her, and subsequently follow her, to build a settlement on the shores of Keuka Lake in New York State.
Candace Kintzer Perry, curator of collections of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, Pennsburg, Pa., holds a BA in history from Penn State and an MA in American history and museum studies from Duquesne University. Perry has written numerous articles and lectures on Pennsylvania German history and culture, most recently the article on Pennsylvania German textiles in The Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia.
Friday, March 6, 2020 • 7:00 pm • Bucher Meetinghouse
Conversations about Pietism and Old German Baptist Brethren Thought and Practice
Tony Walsh, the Young Center’s 2018 Kreider Fellow, and Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center, facilitate this interactive discussion about perceptions of Pietism and how Pietism affects Old German Baptist Brethren. Walsh is professor emeritus at Maynooth University in Ireland and the founder of the Centre for the Study of Irish Protestantism at the university. His research interests include studying self-perception among Old German Baptist Brethren.
Saturday, March 7, 2020 • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm • Bucher Meetinghouse
What is Pietism?
The symposium combines presentations and discussion around the questions of what Pietism is and its influences today. Craig Atwood, Jeff Bach, and Devin Manzullo-Thomas will provide input and invite conversation from the audience members about their understandings and their questions.
Cost for the symposium is $15 and reservations are required by February 28.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 • 7:00 pm • Bucher Meetinghouse
The Nicholas Stoltzfus Family and Homestead
Today, Stoltzfus is the most common last name among Lancaster County Old Order Amish, all descended from one immigrant family. Find out more about immigrant Nicholas Stoltzfus and his homestead in Reading in this talk by tenth-generation descendant Nic Stoltzfus.
Nic Stoltzfus is a graduate of the Florida State University communication program and has always appreciated the art of storytelling. He is the current caretaker of the Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and author of German Lutherans to Pennsylvania Amish: The Stoltzfus Family Story (Masthof Press, 2019).
Thursday, March 26, 2020 • 6:00 pm • Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall
The annual Young Center dinner gives faculty, staff, students, church leaders, and other friends of the Young Center the opportunity to socialize and learn about the Center’s activities and programs.
A reception for Durnbaugh Lecturer Joe A. Springer will be held at 5:30; the dinner will begin at 6:00.
Cost for the dinner is $23 and reservations are required by March 13. Register online or by calling 717-361-1470.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 • 7:30 pm • Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall
“That I may sing a song”: Early Anabaptist Hymnals
Joe A. Springer will share recent scholarship on the earliest hymnals published by German-speaking Anabaptists in the 16th century. He will devote particular attention to the 1564 Etliche schöne Christliche Geseng, the first known edition of the Ausbund hymnal still in use among Old Order Amish today.
Joe A. Springer has served as curator of the Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen (IN) College since 1986. He holds a BA in history from Goshen College and an MA/MLS in history and library science from Catholic University of America. He enjoys studying the bibliographical evolution of specific works as well as interconnections among different works. In his work, Springer regularly fields questions related to printing history, hymnody, and genealogy.
Friday, March 27, 2020 • 10:00 am to noon • Bucher Meetinghouse
Early Anabaptist Hymnody: What Do We Want to Learn?
Joe Springer will provide input and invite discussion of aspects of Anabaptist hymnody that merit further exploration. Can we better determine who used which texts or melodies and how? How did hymns spread geographically and across language groups? What musicological resources provide new documentation or insight?
Thursday, April 23, 2010 • 7:30 pm • Bucher Meetinghouse
Compassion in the Face of Internment: The Story of the Cunninghams
This presentation will focus on the process of acquisition, rehousing, research, and digitization of the Cunningham Papers: a collection of letters, documents, and photographs recently acquired by the Young Center. These documents tell the story of Lloyd and Ellen Cunningham, two Brethren missionaries imprisoned by the Japanese Imperial Army from 1941 to 1945.
Caitlin Rossiter, a senior at Elizabethtown College, is studying history and French with a minor in religious studies. She is also pursuing the Public Heritage Studies certificate, as she plans to attend graduate school for public history or museum studies. Rossiter will graduate in December 2020.