Collection Items

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    1881 to 1896 - American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 - Digital Collections 1881 August 17 - September The Spafford family and a core group of their millennialist
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    1896 to 1915 - American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 - Digital Collections 1896 April and August The American Colony increases dramatically in size and ethnic diversity as groups of Swedish millennialists migrate to Jerusalem to join the community. Members of the Swedish Evangelical Church of Chicago, Ill., led by Olaf Henrik Larsson arrive in Jerusalem in April, after becoming impressed by Anna Spafford during her time in Illinois. Other Swedes, including Tipers Lars Larsson and many...
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    1916 to 1930 - American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 - Digital Collections 1916-1918 The population of Jerusalem drops significantly in war time, as residents are deported, drafted into military service or labor, and suffer from famine and disease. American Colony members engage in relief efforts and public health and social welfare activities for the local populace during World War I, including operation of a volunteer nursing corps and a supper kitchen. Bertha Vester organizes a sewing...
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    1930 to 1980 - American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 - Digital Collections 1931 As the economic Depression deepens, the struggling Vester and Co.—American Colony Store in New York is sold to Nils Lind, son-in-law of Frederick and Bertha Vester. Women making lace, Jerusalem. American Colony in Jerusalem Collection, Manuscript Division, LOC 1931 Bertha Spafford Vester and others operate the American Colony Aid Association, a charitable organization with financial supporters in Palestine and the United States. The...
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    The Bertha Vester Diaries - American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 - Digital Collections 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,...
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    The Locust Plague of 1915 Photograph Album - American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 - Digital Collections Witnesses to the locust invasion that befell Jerusalem and the nearby Syrian region in 1915 agreed that they had seen nothing to equal it in their life-times. It was truly a natural disaster of biblical proportions. Locust. Image from Locust Plague of 1915 photograph album (page 34). American Colony in Jerusalem Collection, Manuscript Division, LOC Members and employees of the American Colony were active...
    • Date: 1915