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Countdown to 200

The Virginia Theological Seminary was founded in 1823 and as the insitution looks to celebrating its 200th anniversary, the VTS community near and far is participating in the countdown to 2023 in a variety of ways. From the 200 sermons that the Rev. Mark Jefferson Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Homiletics, will preach to the 200 unique plantings that will adorn the Holy Hill, VTS is planning on honoring our 200th anniversary in many ways between now and October 15, 2023.

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VTS is asking alumni to consider sharing with us special memorabilia from their time in Seminary. While our Archives has a rich treasure trove of Seminary materials, for our Bicentennial celebration we would like to highlight personal memorabilia from our alumni. Perhaps it is a graded paper from Charlie Price with his handwritten comments, or a letter from your sending rector that came at just the right moment in your seminary life, or a treasured photo of classmates now dispersed across the country. Please consider sharing these cherished items with VTS for our Bicentennial celebration. 


The second opportunity for alumni and friends is a group activity. We are looking for 200 (at least) photos of alumni who have grouped themselves on the steps of Aspinwall Hall in the pose of these early missionary alumni. We will exhibit these photos—all 200+ of them!—during our time of Bicentennial celebration. We anticipate the exhibit will show the changing nature of leaders in the Church through the decades and will be a rich addition to our celebration of VTS alumni.

Please consider both of these opportunities and know that you will be hearing more about the Bicentennial in the months and years ahead. As always, this comes with prayers and blessings from all of us on the Holy Hill!

For more information on either of these, please contact Shelagh Casey Brown at scbrown@vts.edu.

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