Preservation of a piece of church history will take place because of a grant recently approved by the Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation.
The $6,500 grant will fund photographing of preaching charts. They’re relics from an earlier era, made from cloth. They contain folk art and illustrate sermon points and scriptural stories. They’re often huge, sometimes surpassing 20 feet.
“They were the ultimate visual aid,” said Board Member Scott Britton-Mehlisch.
Because of their size, special photography equipment is needed.
“We want to document them and preserve them,” said Lachlan Mackay, director of the church’s historic sites. “You’re not going to do it with an iPhone.
“We understand their importance from a historical standpoint.”
Mackay said more than 100 are in the church’s collection.
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