Historian Daniel Silliman to Present on Billy Sunday at Grace College


Grace College’s Winona History Center is pleased to sponsor “The Unknown Story of Billy Sunday’s Circus Giant” on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., in Westminster Hall, 105 9th Street, Winona Lake. The special event is free and open to the public.

The presentation features historian Daniel Silliman, who will uncover the identity of a previously unknown assistant for some of Billy Sunday’s campaigns. “It’s about an individual who worked for the circus as a ‘giant,’ said Dr. Jared Burkholder, the history center’s director and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Grace College. “This promises to be a fascinating presentation. It’s a privilege to have such an engaging scholar come and share this new discovery about Billy Sunday.”

Silliman is currently in residence at Valparaiso University as a Lilly Fellow in the Humanities where he teaches classes in U.S. History. In 2016, he received his doctorate in American studies at Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Heidelberg, Germany. He continues to research and write about the history of popular evangelicalism in America.

The historic Billy Sunday Home and the Winona History Center are owned and operated by the History and Political Science Department of Grace College. The Winona History Center is open Tuesday – Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Visit www.winonahistorycenter.com to learn more and schedule a tour of the Billy Sunday Home. Or, call 574-372-5193.

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