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Bethel Church hosts talk on Civil War

(From The Clarke Courier dated 27 8mo 1992.)

Bethel Church hosts talk on Civil War

Posted: Thursday, August 27, 1992.
The Clarke Courier

James W. Symington

     James Symington of the Public Broadcast Series, "The Civil War," will speak at Bethel Church in Clarke County.

     The historian and former congressman will be guest speaker at the Annual Meeting of Bethel Memorial, Incorporated, Sunday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m.

     The public is invited to attend.

     Symington, was a United States Congressman from the Second District, Missouri, from 1969 to 1977 and United States Chief of Protocol from 1966 to 1968. He is currently a partner with a Washington law firm.

     Mr. Symington's talk will be called "Some Reflections on the Civil War" and will follow a brief business meeting to report on the on-going restoration of the 1836 church building. Bethel Chapel, whose Baptist congregation was disbanded in the 1930's is administered by an elected board of directors for the cultural enrichment of the community.

     Traditionally, Bethel members come to the Annual meeting with a covered dish to share at a picnic on the Bethel grounds following the meeting. Non-members are invited to bring food and join the picnic.

     The program will last one hour, and a free will offering for the restoration of the church building is suggested but not required of those who attend.

     To reach Bethel Church take Route 625 outh from Route 50 about eight tenths of a mile west of the Shenandoah River and follow the signs. For more information call Prudence Squier at 837-1729.

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