American Baptist Historical Society to Hold ‘Grand-Reopening’ Sept. 27

An archivist works on a piece from the American Baptist Historical Society Archives ahead of its "Dedication and Grand Re-Opening" to be held on Sept. 27.
An archivist works on a piece from the American Baptist Historical Society Archives ahead of its "Dedication and Grand Re-Opening" to be held on Sept. 27.
Nearly two years to the day after announcing it would be relocating and consolidating its vast archives of Baptist historical material to Mercer’s Atlanta campus, the American Baptist Historical Society will celebrate the completion of its move. The ABHS is celebrating “the Dedication and Grand Re-Opening Celebration” of the Archives Center and American Baptist-Samuel Colgate Historical Library on Saturday, Sept. 27, on Mercer’s Atlanta campus.

The space is the fifth home for the Society in its 153-year history. Prior to moving the archive, the largest collection of Baptist pieces in the world, the collection was split between two locations, 350 miles apart. The group spent thousands of hours moving into the new space and will be debuting it on Sept. 27.

Many of the day’s events center on the group’s new space, which is located on the first floor of Mercer’s Atlanta Administration and Conference Center. The ABHS will occupy office space on the fifth floor as well as three large archive rooms and a research room. The ABHS will also make use of the Administration Center’s conference and meeting facilities, including an auditorium that seats 250, a dining room that seats 110, plus numerous classrooms, breakout and conference rooms.

With the exception of the Benefit Luncheon, all events are free, though reservations are requested for all events. To RSVP for an event, contact ABHS at (678) 547-6880 or by Sept. 19.

Celebration Schedule

11:45 a.m. Grand Benefit Luncheon - "History Matters"
Trustees Dining Room
Speaker: Dr. J Alfred Smith, Sr. is senior pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, CA, professor of Preaching and Church Ministries at American Baptist Seminary of the West, and author of 15 books, including his latest, Speak Until Justice Wakes, published by Judson Press.
Tickets are $40 per person, reservations are required.

2 p.m. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Atlanta Administration and Conference Center

2:30-4:15 p.m. Open House and Silent Auction
Atlanta Administration and Conference Center
Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the stacks (one room has a shelving system the size of a basketball court), explore exhibits, view an historic “magic lantern” slide show about early mission work and make a bid in the silent auction.

4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion - Why Baptist History Matters!
Dr. Everett Goodwin, Moderator. author, pastor of Scarsdale (N.Y.) Community Baptist Church
Dr. Adam Bond, professor of Church History, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology
Dr. Anthea Butler, associate professor of religion, University of Rochester
Dr. Christine King Farris, associate professor of education and director of the Learning Resources Center, Spelman College
Dr. Loris Coletta, History Matters Campaign co-chair
Dr. Albert P. Brinson, History Matters Campaign co-chair
Dr. Deborah Van Broekhoven, executive director of ABHS

6 p.m. - Reception and book signing with a number of authors

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