Pittsburgh and the International Centennial Celebration and Conventions of the Disciples of Christ.
1909 Prospectus for the 100th anniversary celebration of the organizing of the Disciples of Christ church during the Second Great Awakening
1909 Illustrated prospectus for a convention in Pittsburgh to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the organizing of the Disciples of Christ church in nearby Washington, Pennsylvania.
In 1809, during the Second Great Awakening, former Presbyterian minister and Scotch-Irish immigrant Thomas Campbell (1763–1854) led a religious reform movement and published the seminal Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington. With his brother Alexander (1788–1866), Campbell led what came to be called the “Campbell Movement,” a religious reform harkening back to primitive Christianity and more closely aligned to the practices of the Baptists, part of a broader “Restoration Movement.”
The present convention prospectus, issued in August 1909, outlines the centennial celebrations of the Disciples of Christ church to be held that October in Pittsburgh. The heavily illustrated booklet dedicates a section (typically a single page) to each aspect or program of the convention. For example: “The Restoration Cause in Western Pennsylvania”; “Special Railroad Rates”; “The Centennial Badge”; “The Christian Woman’s Board of Missions”; “The Campfire of Veterans”; “The Centennial Communion Service”; and “The Niagara Excursion” and “The World’s Model Kitchens” of H.J. Heinz Co., both optional.
Also seen within is the sheet music for a specially composed song, “The Centennial Hymn,” by Gilbert L. Harney and H.J. Storer and a map of downtown Pittsburgh showing street car routes and the locations of the convention’s various meeting places and amenities. The text includes much on Pittsburgh history, public buildings and parks, and its leading hotels and restaurants—all that a convention attendee would need to know in order to plan a visit.
Description: Pittsburgh and the International Centennial Celebration and Conventions of the Disciples of Christ.
Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A.: The Centennial Convention Committee, 1909. 80pp. Booklet. 8¾ x 3¾. Pictorial stiff paper wrappers; stapled. Half tone illustrations; music; map. Brief wear to lower corner; some insect damage at center fold affecting map; good to very good.
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