The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Historic seminary building refurbished as museum

Seminary Ridge Museum opened July 1 inside historic Schmucker Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.), coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the three-day Battle of Gettysburg.

The museum opened with 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibit galleries that tell the story of the first day of the largest battle waged on the continent, the care of the wounded and human suffering within the walls of the building, and an examination of faith and freedom.

"When the seminary building and campus were overrun by warring armies 150 years ago, this place became a fierce battleground where the future of the nation was at stake," Michael Cooper-White, seminary president, said in welcoming remarks on the steps of the museum. "In the battle's aftermath, it was a place of healing for hundreds, and a hospice where some 70 soldiers closed their eyes for the final time. We can, we must, ponder the meaning of those who, in the words of one, 'Have come here to stay.' "

Care for more than 600 wounded Union and Confederate soldiers continued in the building (then called Old Dorm) for more than two months.

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