Friday, July 5, 2013

Seminary Ridge Museum Now Open

Have you visited the Seminary Ridge Museum yet?  If you are in Gettysburg or planning a trip there soon I strongly encourage you to check it out. (It is located on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary).

I hope to make my visit once the crowds die down a bit, but I have heard good things about it so far from director Barbara Franco (who I worked with when she was the head of the Pennsylvania Historical and Musuem Commission) and two of the its early interns--Katie Garland and Josh Adams (both students of mine at Messiah College).  See our earlier posts here and here.

Here is a taste of a nice write-up on the museum's opening from Religion News Service:

Today, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Schmucker Hall, located on the campus of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, reopens as a museum reflecting on the epic battle, the costly war and the complex role of faith. 

Seminary Ridge Museum will take visitors into the minds of those who fought and explore their conflicting ideas of freedom.

Some 750,000 soldiers died during the Civil War and many of them carried and quoted from the Bible. But they read it in divergent ways that still reverberate in a polarized America.

"People have found it comfortable to find a way to think about the Civil War in terms of valor and heroism," said Barbara Franco, executive director of the museum. "We want to really look at these other parts of it—causes, consequences—and leave people thinking there's more to this than just the simple answers."