ANNUAL MEETING on "To See a World" Set for May 10

"To See a World" is the theme of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society's Annual Meeting set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 10 at First Baptist Church, Richmond at Monument and the Boulevard.  The meeting is a dinner program and reservations are $20 each.  Please send check to VBHS, Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173 by May 2.  Those who prefer to come just to the program should arrive at 7:15 in time for the program.  The keynote speaker is Dr. John V. Upton, Jr., executive director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, who will share about his unique travel experiences and impressions from his five years as president of the Baptist World Alliance. 


NEW JOURNAL - the 2015 Virginia Baptist Register - features TO SEE A WORLD: Virginia Baptist Innocents Abroad - travel experiences and observations of 19th century Baptists who toured Europe, the Near East, Egypt, the Holy Land, Africa and China.  In connection with the theme, the Virginia Baptist Historical Society is mounting a large new exhibit to open early in 2016.  The exhibit will include manuscripts, artifacts and period photographs from the travels highlighted in the journal.

The journal also includes articles on Northern Baptist contributions to the South following the Civil War and on Virginia Baptists seeking reconciliation with Northern Baptists in the post-War period.

Copies of TO SEE A WORLD - the new journal - will be mailed to all annual members of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society.  Others may order copies at $20 each plus $5 s&h from VBHS, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.

Baptist beginnings in Virginia...

The 2014 issue of the Virginia Baptist Register, the annual journal of the Society, explores the beginnings of a Baptist presence in Virginia.  Fred Anderson, executive director of the VBHS, has written an extensive article on "the Virginia Mission" which was undertaken by English Baptists beginning in 1714 and which resulted in the planting of the first Baptist church in Virginia in 1715 by Robert Norden.  Also included in the journal are studies by two Virginia Baptist college students about church planting today through the Baptist General Association of Virginia.  The students are Heritage Fellows appointed by the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies and are Katie Wilkins of Bluefield College and Abby Chapin of Virginia Tech.

The journal also includes a major article by Michael Whitt, special projects assistant at the VBHS, on the impact of the Civil War upon Virginia Baptist churches.  Whitt made an exhaustive study of the period by using  church and association records as well as issues of the Religious Herald for the war years.

The 2014 Register can be ordered for $20 plus $5 shipping and handling.  Orders can be sent to VBHS, Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.  Copies were mailed to all annual members of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society.

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