Articles written by: Russell Risden

The entrance to the South Deerfield Congregational Church of South Deerfield, Mass.
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Historic New England Churches Face Reality of Closure

     The bell of the South Deerfield Congregational Church in South Deerfield, Mass.) will fall silent at the end of this year. After almost two hundred years of continuous worship, the church has decided to close its doors due to a steady decrease in attendance. Founded in 1818, the […]

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Philadelphia Author Thomas Keels to Lecture in Radnor

     Writer and historian Thomas Keels is coming to Radnor on Tuesday, Oct. 25 to speak on Philadelphia’s forgotten past. Keeping in step with the season, Keels will be drawing from his book, “Philadelphia Graveyards and Cemeteries,” and lecturing on the untold stories of Philadelphia’s burial grounds. According to […]

The meetinghouse of the Baptist Church in the Great Valley.
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The Preacher in the Great Valley

     A few short miles from Eastern University’s St. Davids Campus stands a monument to a bygone era when war came to America’s soil. The monument is not a statue, nor a plaque, but a small Welsh Baptist church. Built in 1805, the Baptist Church in the Great Valley’s meetinghouse […]

On June 10, Eastern administrators visited the White House in Washington, D.C. Eastern is a founding partner in President Obama’s Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge.
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EU Recognized at White House

     Eastern University was recognized at the White House on June 10 for being a founding partner in President Obama’s Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge. Eastern administrators Robert Duffett, President, and Thomas Ridington, Executive Vice President for University Relations and New Ventures, both attended the White House event. They […]

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St. Martin’s to Host Benefit Concert for Iraqi Christians

     St. Martin’s Episcopal Church of Radnor will be holding a concert to raise funds to benefit Christians fleeing ISIS-held territory in Iraq. The event, called iROCK4IRAQ 2016, will be hosted in conjunction with the organization Stand With Iraqi Christians. Proceeds will be sent to a refugee camp in […]

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Remembering the Life and Legacy of John A. Baird Jr.

On June 8, 2016, Eastern University announced that the last of its cofounding trustees, John A. Baird Jr., passed away at age 97. For over 50 years Mr. Baird played an active role at Eastern serving in many positions, including Advisor to the President and Vice President for Development. Mr. […]

Walking with Christ
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Walking with Christ

We often wonder why we are here. We ask ourselves questions of the meaning of life and whether our struggles are worth it. Many worry about their finances, relationships, friendships, and reputations. As Christians, we often ponder our salvation and our faith. But there is good news in Christ: He […]

America’s Flagship Faces Scrapyard
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America’s Flagship Faces Scrapyard

When crossing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the way to Philadelphia, one may see the red, white, and blue stacks of an old ship off in the distance. She is the famous passenger liner, the “S.S. United States.” Known as “America’s Flagship,” the “S.S. United States” may have only weeks […]

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Championing Lost Causes

Preserving Eastern’s history  and Charles Walton’s Legacy We are the stewards of the past. The past cannot speak for itself: the walls of the ancient mansion cannot talk, nor can the ground reveal who once walked upon it. The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said that we could leave footprints on […]

Eastern Through the 20th Century: George Claghorn & Fredrick Boehlke
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Eastern Through the 20th Century: George Claghorn & Fredrick Boehlke

“Few men shape institutions during their lifetimes, but Dr. George Claghorn and Dr. Fredrick Boehlke are two such men. Dr. Claghorn (’44) and Dr. Boehlke (’52) both served Eastern University over the years in various ways. They taught several generations of students, and were both involved in creating EU’s educational […]