St. Peter’s Church: Faith in Action for 250 Years

St. Peter’s Church: Faith in Action for 250 Years

Celebrating 250 years, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the Society Hill neighbourhood of Philadelphia, has witnessed a rich mixture of people and events that reflect critical periods of American political and cultural history. George Washington worshiped here, as did abolitionists and slave holders, Whigs, Democrats, and Republicans. St. Peter’s was a point of first contact for thousands of immigrants, and the church opened schools for immigrants to help them to acculturate to life in Philadelphia. Opening a window onto colonial Philadelphia and the nation’s history, St. Peter’s Church is a glorious testament to this National Historic Landmark. In addition to the stories and hundreds of black-and-white and colour photographs, this handsome volume provides a history of the grounds, the churchyard, and the church itselfoa classic example of eighteenth-century Philadelphia design that later incorporated the work of renown architects William Strickland, Thomas U. Walter, and Frank Furness.

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