Collection American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006

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  • The Bertha Vester Diaries --                        American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006

    The Bertha Vester Diaries -- American ...

    By the first part of the 1900s, first-generation founders of the American Colony in Jerusalem had passed away or grown elderly. Esteemed matriarch Anna Spafford continued to offer inspiration to followers, but she focused primarily on religious guidance of the polyglot American Colony community of Americans, local converts, and Swedes. Second-generation members who had come to Jerusalem with their parents as children or teenagers, ...

  • American Colony in Jerusalem Timeline, 1828-1980 --                        American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006
  • American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006

    American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006

    This electronic presentation features selected materials from the physical American Colony in Jerusalem Collection. The full collection in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress represents well over 16,600 items stemming from the history of the American Colony, a non-denominational utopian Christian community founded by a small group of American expatriates in Ottoman Palestine in 1881. The collection focuses on the personal and ...

    • Date: 1870
  • A Community in Jerusalem --                        American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006

    A Community in Jerusalem -- American C...

    The story of the American Colony in Jerusalem begins with Anna and Horatio Spafford of Lake View, Illinois, and the involvement of their family in the 1873 shipwreck of the luxury steamer, the Ville du Havre. The majority of passengers traveling aboard the Ville du Havre lost their lives in that catastrophe in the mid-Atlantic. Among the drowned were the Spaffords' four young daughters. ...