What’s happening in the Archive?
Article contributors: June Pickett and Charles Iager
St. Paul’s Antique Vases
June Pickett related the following information about the two flower vases housed in the archive: “Walter Mauck played the organ at St. Paul’s. Lillian Wessel Kerwin told me that Walter gave her (Lillian) her first piano lessons. Walter sang “O Promise Me” at my (June and Hardy’s) wedding on February 6, 1954. and Lillian played the organ.
You can see (via the slide show link below) the vases have inscribed on them “In Memory of Amanda Dellinger” and the companion has “In Memory of Laura Kline”. Amanda was the grandmother of June and Laura was the Grandmother of Lora Mauck. So you can see that flowers have been a part of St. Paul’s traditions for a very long time.
*not sure the releationships are correct if you have more information please let me know.
Small framed picture of a college of crosses in subdued colors is missing form the Archive. If anyone in all the cleaning and re-organizing the church has run across such and item and has any information please let me know. This item was donated some time ago by Renate Arndt and some how has gone missing. It was supposed to have been hung somewhere within the church.
Collecting the world of Martin Luther
by Barbara Miller Beem Nov.6, 2017 Antique Week
Selected Excerpts from Vol. 48 Issue 2513
In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, some of you may be thinking about beginning your own collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and other items of interest. According to Pr. Ed Whetstone (retired Lutheran Pastor who began collecting back in 1970’s in Gettysburg, PA in an antique shop near the Lutheran Theological Seminary) one of the easiest ways to get started is collecting post cards from German towns associated with Luther. (Eisleben located in Saxony-Anhalt) They are available from 25 cents to several dollars and are centuries old and due to the Anniversary there are a larger supply of them available than normal.
There are also available centuries old pamphlets and later editions of Luther’s writings as well as stamps with a Luther theme Not to mention, buttons and other memorabilia that are of modest cost and easily stored. (Luther was very “savvy” with the use of the printing press, according to Whetstone.)
Then of course one should not over look old hymnals and Bibles which bear Luther’s likeness. (According to Pastor Ed the idea that Martin Luther wrote “Away in the Manger” is inaccurate. However, Luther wrote several hymns and helped to establish a tradition of congregational singing. )
Luther is credited with the translation of the Bible into German making it possible for the average person to read the Bible on their own rather than rely on the Priest or someone else who knew Latin to tell them what was in the Bible.
Among Luther’s other accomplishments is his dedication to education. He worked along side his wife Katharina von Bora (a former nun) to educate children which included girls.
Pastor Whetstone states in Barbara’s article “It is worth noting that many of the centennial milestones of the Reformation have coincided with times of strife and conflict in the world. “ I would agree and my hope for 2018 is that it will be a year of more unity and understanding.