Monday, July 23, 2007

Muhlenberg's Robe on History Detectives - More Information

PBS' History Detectives show with a segment on Peter Muhlenberg's robe, part of the seminary's collection, aired on many PBS stations earlier tonight. You can read our original story on our blog here. You'll also find in the comment section to the original blog entry some additional research supplied by a genealogist/researcher who was inspired by the show to dig further into the story.

The show's Web site has more background and a transcript, and links to your PBS station's schedule where you can look for repeat showings and future show dates. The site is:

pbs.org/historydetectives

What were the findings? The robe is likely to have been Peter Muhlenberg's - and was certainly from the time of the Revolution - but the story connected to the robe is probably more myth than fact. As Elyse Luray notes, the robe is in a deteriorated condition, and the experts from Colonial Williamsburg recommended that it be restored before again being placed on display. While the robe may be safely in storage, other items from the seminary collection are on display in a special exhibition room, which is open by appointment. Contact LTSP for more information: communications@Ltsp.edu

(updated 7/26 to note blog comment entries)

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