Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dedication of Christopher Saur I historical marker planned for April.

On Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. an official Pennsylvania Historical Marker will be dedicated in Philadelphia at the site of the shop of colonial printer Christopher Saur I. The marker has been made possible by the combined efforts of the Historical Committee of the Church of the Brethren's Atlantic Northeast District, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The main ceremony will be held directly across the street from the site of the print shop, in Trinity Lutheran Church at 5300 Germantown Ave., site of the home of Christopher Saur II.

Although the program has not been finalized, the following commitments have been made: Stephen L Longenecker, chair of the history department at Bridgewater (Va.) College and author of "The Christopher Sauers," will deliver the main address. On display will be a copy of an early Saur Bible. Other presentations will be made by a representative of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; John D. Hostetter, pastor of Lampeter (Pa.) Church of the Brethren and moderator of Atlantic Northeast District; Craig H. Smith, district executive of Atlantic Northeast District; Ron Lutz, moderator of Germantown Church of the Brethren; and David E. Fuchs, chair of the district's Historical Committee.

This is the second such marker to be made possible by the joint efforts of the district's Historical Committee and the state commission, the first having been placed at Germantown Church of the Brethren on Sept. 21, 2008.

Source: 3/25/2009 Newsline Extra

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