Muhlenberg 300: Speakers Bureau

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The following have registered for listing on this page. Please contact speakers directly. Each listing is provided by the individual listed, and each speaker, unless otherwise indicated, is not connected with The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia or the Muhlenberg 300 committee. Arrangements with speakers are between the speaker and your organization.

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Brian K. Hilton    

  • Presentation Name: George Washington Remembers the "Fighting Preacher"  
  • Presentation Description: First-person interpretation of George Washington. General Washington reminisces about Muhlenberg and his contributions to the Continental Army and the achievement of independence from Great Britain.  The performance is approximately 45 minutes to one (1) hour in length/duration.  Q and A usually follows a performance. No particular setting is needed or required by the first-person interpreter.  The performer is flexible- indoor/outdoor; church or school; theater or park- it depends on what the client so desires of the first-person interpreter.
  • Family/Younger Audiences, Performance 

Dr. Timothy J. Wengert

  • Presentation Name: Letters of a Colonial Pastor
  • Presentation Description: Professor Wengert, who served as editor of volumes 3 and 4 of the English translation of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg's correspondence, shares insights gleaned from these remarkably honest reflections on colonial life. Learn how a Lutheran pastor described disappointments with colleagues, political catastrophes (such as the French and Indian War), church fights, and much, much more -- all in the context of a vibrant, yet struggling, Christian faith.
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  • Presentation Name: Corresponding with God's Word: Henry Melchior Muhlenberg's Use of the Bible in His Letters
  • Presentation Description: Although no sermons by Muhlenberg have survived  (despite over forty years of preaching in America), we can discover how Muhlenberg lived in the Scriptures by analyzing his use of the Bible in his correspondence. There we discover the deeply pious by also quite sophisticated ways in which he employed the Bible to make sense of his experience as a missionary in the American colonies.
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Dr. Jon Pahl

  • Presentation Name: The Muhlenberg Matrix: Henry Melchior Muhlenberg's Ministry with Women and their Ministry with Him
  • Presentation Description: Throughout his extensive journals, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg documents continual encounters with 18th century women that illuminate in fascinating ways the problems and prospects of many early Americans. Muhlenberg's accounts also belie the absence of women from many early American church histories. Muhlenberg records how women faced economic struggles and domestic violence, and how they doubted, prayed, sang, and even questioned their pastor's theology. In this engaging multi-media presentation, Professor Jon Pahl will introduce how Muhlenberg's ministry was a matrix that reveals the struggles and joys of women from theological disputation to the savor of sauerkraut, and in ways that anticipate the ongoing presence and power of women in churches and American society today.
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  • Presentation Name: Why Religious Freedom Was Necessary, and How Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Helped it to Happen as a "Public Theologican"
  • Presentation Description: Throughout his life, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg was engaged not only as a preacher and pastor, but also as a public theologian. And on the most crucial political developments of his era - the American revolution and the place of religion in the new Republic - Muhlenberg can be depicted as a "conservative" beholden to state patronage of religion. In fact, in common with many other so-called "pietists" and their emphasis on integrating theology with everyday life, Muhlenberg helped pave the way for the disestablishment of religion. Even more, in his abhorrence of religious (and other) violence, he clarified why religious freedom was both necessary and salutary, as the public lives of his offspring also amply demonstrated.
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Louis Farrell

  • Presentation Description: I can put together a number of presentations, depending on the group, about the 2010 excavation at the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg House in Trappe, PA.  Besides a talk, I can bring artifacts found as we dug the summer kitchen constructed by Muhlenberg in 1776.   
  • Family/Younger Audiences, Hands-on/Active Participation, Lecture
  • Presentation Name: Henry Melchior Muhlenberg's Colonial Community
  • Presentaiton Description: IHear from Lou Farrell, high school teacher and graduate student at Temple University, about the findings of an archeological dig he led at Henry Melchior Muhlenberg's home in Trappe, PA during the summer of 2010. The dig documented a complicated community between the years 1720 and the early 1900’s, a place halfway between cosmopolitan Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania German frontier.  With artifacts recovered at the site, learn how archaeologists are using objects to understanding Trappe as an early outlier community and Muhlenberg's place in that society.  Handle artifacts from a 1720 redware kiln, one of the earliest industrial sites in Pennsylvania and understand the importance of fired earthenware on a colonial farm.  Learn the story of a 1773 Virginia copper halfpenny and speculate how it found its way to Pennsylvania.  Since Muhlenberg was officially neutral in the war, why was there a large blacksmith shop operating behind his house and why were there numerous military artifacts recovered during the dig?  See photos, technical drawings and artifacts recovered during the excavation of the summer kitchen that Muhlenberg directed be built in 1776 and consider the evidence that indicates this is the “wash house” that burned in 1779.  Understand why settlers and archaeologists like oysters.   
  • Family/Younger Audiences, Hands-on/Active Participation, Lecture

Lisa Minardi

  • Presentation Title: Pastors & Patriarchs: The Muhlenberg Family of Pennsylvania
  • Presentation Description: Based on eight years of research, including a master's thesis on the Muhlenbergs' houses in Trappe and a forthcoming exhibition on the Muhlenberg family in 2011, this presentation weaves together history, architecture, and objects associated with the Muhlenbergs for a close look at the family and their multi-generational legacy. This powerpoint presentation,profusely illustrated with images of buildings, portraits, and other artifacts associated with the Muhlenbergs,ranges from 30-60+ minutes in length and is adaptable to have a particular focus (to highlight one individual family member or region,for example)." 
  • Family/Younger Audiences, Lecture

The Rev. Herbert H. Michel, DD

  • Presentation Title: The Augustus Legacy
  • Presentation Description: Powerpoint presentation describing Henry Melchior Muhlenberg's legacy at the Augustus congregation, including the building of Old Trappe Church. Pr. Michel served Augustus Lutheran Church for 25 years. Augustus is the home of Old Trappe Church and the burial place for Pr. Muhlenberg and Gen. Muhlenberg.
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Dr. Jean E. Godsall-Myers

  • Presentation Title: Boogie, Mules, and Transatlantic Lutheranism
  • Presentation Description: What did Bugenhagen and Muhlenberg have in common? And what impact did their ministries have on the Lutherans in the USA and Germany today? Audience members are invited to consider many issues confronting the early church leaders, and then further reflect on what challenges the church today. Some humor, some history, some sharing of information and faith; an hour or so, depending on response of audience.
  • Hands-on/Active Participation Lecture
  • Presentation Title: Katie, Anna, and me...So who are you?
  • Presentation Description: Three women from different periods of (Lutheran) church history converse with one another about all aspects of life. This skit is humorous, informative, and entertaining, with the intent to lead into thinking about one's own faith journey. The performers may include 2 members of your group, or three from the outside can be arranged. Similarly, additional historical commentary can be offered upon request.
  • Hands-on/Active Participation Lecture

The Rev. Dr. Martin J. Lohrmann

  • Presentation Title: A Pious Argument: Studying H.M. Muhlenberg's Conflict with Lukas Rauss
  • Presentation Description: In a long letter to his colleagues, Henry Muhlenberg refuted accusations of false teaching raised by another pastor within the Ministerium, Lukas Rauss of York. Personally and professionally insulted by this accusation, Muhlenberg expressed his conviction that "lies, libels, and hypocrisy" should not be allowed to go unchallenged in the Ministerium. The letter therefore presents a unique example of Muhlenberg's theology, leadership, and rhetorical skills. Determined to uphold Christian love and truth throughout, Muhlenberg also did a forceful job of making his argument. The broader theme of how to debate serious issues remains an important one for religious and social conversations today.
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Daniel Grimminger, PhD, DCM

  • Presentation Title: Muhlenberg's Hymnal and Helmuth's Chorale Book
  • Presentation Description: Henry Melchior Muhlenberg is one of the most important figures in the history of American Lutheran church music. His hymnal, Erbauliche Lieder-Sammlung (1786), was the first official Lutheran hymn book printed in America and it led to the publication of the first official American choral book (1813). These two publications reared many Lutherans in the faith with a mixture of both orthodox and pietist texts/tunes. My presentation will look at these two publications in terms of how they promoted Lutheran identity and cultural retention of German Lutheranism in eighteenth and nineteenth century America.
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