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Not for Our Eyes: Readers Talking to Themselves and Sometimes God

After 17 years, the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger (MDiv 1980) is retiring from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Dr. Krueger returned to his alma mater in 1999 as its Assistant Librarian and became the fourth director of the Krauth Memorial Library in 2003. He returned holding a PhD in History from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Library Science from Drexel University. He had worked in the Rare Book Room at the University of Michigan and at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. His service to the church included pastoring an English/German congregation in Philadelphia and a Slovak/English congregation in Windsor, Ontario. After leaving LTSP, he will continue in his role as Associate Priest at Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, a congregation of the Episcopal Church.

During his tenure at LTSP he worked with Gettysburg and Southern seminaries to create the Eastern Cluster Library, served as Faculty Secretary, and facilitated the creation of the compact storage facility in The Brossman Learning Center. It became the new home for the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia and underused library resources. He has taught “Lutherans in North America,” “Lutheran Confessions,” “Henry Melchior Mühlenberg: Public Theologian,” and “Book of Faith: Print, Politics, Public Event.”

A native of Philadelphia, he also attended schools in Germany and Poland. He is a sought after preacher, workshop leader, and speaker on Henry Melchior Mühlenberg. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2007, attended Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and served as the Treasurer of SEPTLA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association).

Dr. Krueger’s farewell presentation, on May 12, 2016, was entitled, “Not for Our Eyes: Readers Talking to Themselves and Sometimes God.” It highlighted the marginal notes in books that belonged to some noteworthy individuals, books now housed in the Rare Book Room of the library.

View a slide show from Dr. Krueger’s farewell lecture and retirement celebration, where he was joined by colleagues and friends from the seminary, the community, and congregations and library committees and organizations with which he has served:

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