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April Display Highlight: Don Kraybill at Elizabethtown College

Kraybill c. 1971

April’s featured display on level 2 of the High Library, “Understanding the Riddle”, focuses on Dr. Donald Kraybill’s distinguished career at Elizabethtown College, and includes a variety of images from the Hess Archives of Kraybill as well a selection of his many books. Don, the foremost expert on Old Order Amish culture, first began teaching sociology at Elizabethtown in 1971 and has also served as Director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies as well as Interim Provost.

Kraybill today

Dr. Kraybill is retiring from teaching this year, and the college community is celebrating his dedication to research and engaged student learning by honoring him as this year’s SCAD (Scholarship and Creative Arts Day) lecturer. The lecture will take place on Monday, April 20th from 7:30-9 pm in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center.

Please enjoy the display and help us congratulate Don on his remarkable career at Elizabethtown.


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Now on Display: Hess Archives Peace Pamphlet Collection

Explore the history of the Church of the Brethren, Quakers, and other historic peace churches and their work for pacifism and non-resistance with this month’s library display of examples from the Hess Archives Peace Pamphlet Collection.

Part of the collection is this program for the Brotherhood Peace Action Project, which was organized by the Brethren Service Commission, the General Brotherhood Board, and the Church of the Brethren.  The event took place in Washington, D.C. on June 25, 1962.

Part of the collection is this program for the Brotherhood Peace Action Project, which was organized by the Brethren Service Commission, the General Brotherhood Board, and the Church of the Brethren. The event took place in Washington, D.C. on June 25, 1962.

With materials dating from 1775 to the 1970s, the pamphlets highlight the Biblical basis of peace, alternatives to war, the experiences of conscientious objectors, and other topics on non-violence.

As an accompaniment to the display, you can search and browse over 30 of the pamphlets in our digital collections.  Scanned and described in 2008 with funding from a Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Peace Pamphlet Collection is just one of many digital collections available through the High Library and Hess Archives website.


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Dedication … The Earl and Anita Hess Archives

The new Archives is named for Anita Hess ‘53 and her late husband Earl Hess.  Here Anita is shown at the ribbon cutting with President Carl Strikwerda.

The new Archives is named for Anita Hess ‘53 and her late husband Earl Hess. Here Anita is shown at the ribbon cutting with President Carl Strikwerda.

On Monday, November 3rd, the High Library staff was excited to celebrate the official dedication of the Earl H. & Anita F. Hess Archives and Special Collections.  The afternoon included a dessert reception with fantastic music by Marissa Jones ’15 and Frank Zarefoss ’15, a dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting, and tours of the Hess Archives.  The new facility combines our College Archives and Special Collections with the rare book and manuscript holdings of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies.  The dedication was a wonderful chance to celebrate the generous donors and College community members who made the new Archives possible, the Facilities crew who worked tirelessly to construct the new space, as well as the staff of the Library and Young Center who coordinated the move.

 

The Hess Archives is climate controlled for optimum preservation conditions and features a state of the art fire suppression system. Materials are housed in a series of compact, moveable shelving, which allows us to maximize the storage space.  The Hess Archives also includes a beautiful reading room with plenty of space for researchers, a processing area, and an office for our new Archivist.  We will be working on a variety of projects over the next year to organize the materials and make them accessible to researchers.

 

Interested in learning more about the Hess Archives and our unique holdings? Contact the Archivist, Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh at grover@etown.edu or x1506.  Also, feel free to stop by Rachel’s office adjacent to the Hess Archives on level 1 of the High Library.

 

High Library Director Sarah Penniman speaks at the dedication ceremony in the Winters Alcove.  Young Center Director Jeff Bach looks on.

High Library Director Sarah Penniman speaks at the dedication ceremony in the Winters Alcove. Young Center Director Jeff Bach looks on.