Final Heritage Forum Focused on Grace and Winona Lake’s Combined History

On Tuesday evening, September 10, Grace College and Seminary hosted the third and final “Heritage Forum.” The event featured three “in-house” scholars who spoke about different areas of Grace’s history and its relationship with the Winona Lake Community. Terry White, who has recently authored a book on Winona Lake’s 100-year history, examined the early connections between the town of Winona and the Brethren Church. Mark Norris, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, spoke on Grace’s recent history and community connections, especially the legacy of Ron Manahan’s presidency, and Jim Swanson, Vice President of Student and Academic Services, laid out the evolution of Student Affairs both in the larger world of higher education and at Grace specifically. Those who came for the engaging sessions and snacks also got a chance to talk to local historian and photographer, Al Disbro, who brought dozens of historic photographs from the area. The night was capped by the thoughtful and encouraging comments of Perry Bush, long-time history professor at Bluffton University in Ohio and the author of a book about his own institution’s history. The tone of the evening was upbeat and inspiring as the group appreciated not only the past, but the sense of optimism for the future that seems to have enveloped our campus in recent years. Before closing in prayer, Christy Hill, who served as moderator for the event, called the evening a “holy moment.”

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