One Hundred Years Ago Today: The Dedication of Bryn Athyn Cathedral

On Sunday, October 5, 1919, a formal dedication service was held in Bryn Athyn Cathedral. It took place during the tenth assembly of the General Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian Christian), giving members of the church from around the globe the opportunity to attend. More than 2,000 people took part in three separate services during the day: a morning dedication service (attendance 900), an afternoon Holy Supper service (attendance 500), and an evening "service of praise" (attendance 720). Photographs and other documentation of this remarkable day are preserved at the Bryn Athyn Historic District Archives at Glencairn Museum and the Academy of the New Church Archives at Bryn Athyn College.

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A Woodcarver’s Legacy: The Work of Frank Jeck (Part Two)

Relatively little is known about Frank Jeck (1884-1965), a woodcarver who emigrated from Hungary in 1903 and made his home in Philadelphia. We will explore five remarkable examples of his craftsmanship in two consecutive issues of Glencairn Museum News. In part two we will explore four medallions on the first floor stairway and two inglenook benches.

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A Woodcarver’s Legacy: The Work of Frank Jeck (Part One)

Relatively little is known about Frank Jeck (1884-1965), a woodcarver who emigrated from Hungary in 1903 and made his home in Philadelphia. We will explore five remarkable examples of his craftsmanship in two consecutive issues of Glencairn Museum News. In part one we will look at three of them: a Bible cabinet, infant’s crib, and master bed.

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Glencairn Lions Visit the J. Paul Getty Museum

Don't panic if you hear that a number of ferocious-looking lions recently left Bryn Athyn and made a cross-country journey to the West Coast. From May 14 to August 18, 2019, two of Glencairn’s medieval “lion” capitals are on loan to the J. Paul Getty Museum’s new exhibition, Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World

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The Ceiling of Glencairn's Great Hall: Construction and Decoration

The beams and trusses on the ceiling of Glencairn’s Great Hall are covered with thousands of individual tesserae, hand cut from mosaic glass made in the Bryn Athyn glassworks. The intricate mosaic designs for the beams and trusses were inspired by the Book of Kells, a medieval Celtic manuscript produced around 800 AD containing the four New Testament Gospels.

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"Hex Signs: Sacred and Celestial Symbolism in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars"

Glencairn’s current exhibition, Hex Signs: Sacred and Celestial Symbolism in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars, explores themes of sacred and celestial imagery in the traditional arts of the Pennsylvania Dutch, with special emphasis on the decorated barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The full text of the exhibition catalog is available online in this special issue of Glencairn Museum News (in both html and pdf formats).

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