Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Seminary Ridge Museum is Shaping Up

The exhibits are going up at the Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg.  This is great news.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this museum, it is housed in Schmucker Hall, the flagship building of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.  The seminary was founded in 1826, but it became famous for its role in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Schmucker Hall was built in 1832 and it is named after noted Lutheran minister Samuel Schmucker.  Work on the Seminary Ridge Museum got underway a couple of years ago under the direction of Barbara Franco.  Make sure you add the museum to your list of places to see in Gettysburg.

I have an interest in this museum for several reasons.  First, I have had the privilege of working with Barbara Franco when she was running the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and even appeared on a local radio program with her.  Second, a significant part of the museum will be devoted to religious history.  Third, I only live about thirty miles from Gettysburg so it will be easy to visit.  Fourth, two of my students interned at the museum last summer.

Read more about the developments at the Seminary Ridge Museum here.