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From the Archives: Advent Poem

By Mary Klein, diocesan archivist   “Advent Poem” By The Rev. William Augustus White “O Christian souls, mark now the time: – High time to wake from sleep; The night is past; the day-spring dawns, Let us our vigils keep. Awake, awake, though all around, Are lost in slumbers deep; Arise, and with repentant heart […]

From the Archives: Bishop Wittingham’s observations regarding Harper’s Ferry in 1859

By Mary Klein, diocesan archivist In some circles, John Brown’s raid on a federal arsenal in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, on October 16-18, 1859, made him into a martyr. But contemporary abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison called his revolutionary plan “misguided, wild and apparently insane.” Brown had tried to attract Frederick Douglas to join his plot […]

From the Archives: Claggett Center

By Mary Klein, diocesan archivist From the beginning of his Episcopate in 1944, Bishop Noble Powell dreamed of having a place where the whole diocese could meet for conferences, study, retreats and camps, thus developing a family spirit within the diocese. A piece of property near Reisterstown was purchased for this purpose in 1947, but […]

Mission to Seafarers

By Mary Klein, diocesan archivist Baltimore’s International Seafarer’s Center is affiliated with The Mission to Seamen, an English organization. When his son asked the Rev. John Ashley in 1835 how people on ships went to church, the Anglican priest began the Bristol Channel Mission, which served the needs of the seafarers on four hundred sailing […]

Bishop Whittingham’s First Visitation to Western Maryland, 1840

By Mary Klein, diocesan archivist Six weeks after his consecration as Bishop of Maryland, William Rollinson Whittingham set out to meet the clergy and congregations of Western Maryland. During his thirteen-day visitation, he visited 9 churches, a school, a Sunday School two ailing individuals, and travelled nearly 400 miles. Although he noted the number of […]