The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) will celebrate its connection to the community and its history with the dedication of the new William Allen Plaza and Historical Marker on Saturday, September 26, 2009. The Plaza and Historical Marker are highlights of the new public space connecting the LTSP campus at 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, with the heart of the Mt. Airy business district. The dedication and accompanying lecture are free and community members are encouraged to attend.
Honoring colonial Philadelphian William Allen, the dedication starts at 12:30 pm, and will include remarks by community and Pennsylvania dignitaries, colonial dances and music by the Germantown Country Dancers, unveiling of the William Allen Historical Marker, and an appearance by William Allen interpreter Robert Gleason, from Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
Following the dedication, visitors are invited to hear the lecture William Allen: The Squire of Mount Airy, presented by writer and historian Frank Whelan. More information is available online at www.Ltsp.edu/communityday09.
A reproducible flyer for the event can be found at http://www.ltsp.edu/files/AllenDedicationPoster.pdf
LTSP (www.Ltsp.edu), one of eight schools of its kind in the 5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.ELCA.org), is committed to preparing ordained and lay ministers of the Word as leaders for the mission of the Church in the world. LTSP awards first professional and advanced-level degrees to present and future church leaders. Almost 500 students study at the seminary. The student body is comprised mostly of Lutherans, but more than 35 percent are from 16 other faith backgrounds, including Episcopalian, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of God in Christ.
Historic Philadelphia, Inc. enhances the visitor experience and helps strengthen Philadelphia’s tourism industry through interpretation and interaction, making our nation’s history relevant and real. Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s programs include the Betsy Ross House, Once Upon A Nation storytelling and Adventure Tours, Franklin Square, and the Lights of Liberty Show. For more information, call 215-629-4026 or visit www.onceuponanation.org.