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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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Early Commencement films

check out films showing early Etown commencements

check out films showing early Etown commencements

Housed in the Hess Archives in the lower level of the High Library are three 16mm films that recorded part of the commencement ceremonies for the 1943, 1948, and 1950 graduations. The library recently had the silent, black and white films digitized. The films, which are each less than three minutes long, were recently uploaded to the Internet Archive, and they are now available for online viewing.

Commencement 1943

Commencement 1948 (this film also has some footage of a student drama performance, possibly associated with Alumni Day or May Day).

Commencement 1950