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September 15-November 15, 2007
Methodist Library Lobby 
Charles Wesley, one of the first leaders of the United Methodist Church, is remembered not only as a religious pioneer, but also as a gifted songwriter. In honor of the 300th anniversary of his birth, Wesley’s musical talent, and that of his family members, will be the topic of an exhibit at Drew University titled "Sacred Harmony: The Musical Wesley Family."  This free exhibit is open to the public and will be on display through November 15.

"Charles Wesley, throughout his life, penned thousands of poems and hymns; some of which are sung in Christian churches throughout the world today," said Christopher Anderson, Drew University’s Methodist librarian. "Though his work and ministry have often been in the shadows of his publicly lauded brother John Wesley, this exciting exhibit will highlight Charles and his family."

In addition to materials related to Wesley’s well-known hymns, the exhibit will include musical documents and artifacts left behind by four generations of his family members. Beginning with Susanna and Samuel Wesley, the exhibit will call special attention to the family’s contributions to the development of worship-music and concert and cathedral music in England.

The exhibit’s curator, Dr. Carlton R. Young, is a professor emeritus of Church Music at Emory University. He is also the editor of "The United Methodist Hymnal."

A special guest lecture was delivered at the exhibit’s opening reception by Dr. Charles Yrigoyen of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Yrigoyen is the general secretary emeritus of the church’s General Commission on Archives and History.

A printed catalog of the materials that will be on display is available for purchase for $20 from Drew’s Methodist Library. Also, the library has prepared a keepsake for each person who attends the exhibit, containing the text of significant letters, hymns and manuscripts on display.

For more information, please contact Christopher Anderson in Drew’s Methodist Library at 973/408-3910 or via e-mail at 

Pictures from the Opening Reception:  Monday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Guest speaker, Dr. Charles Yrigoyen, General Secretary, Emeritus
United Methodist Church General Commission on Archives and History

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