The Night After Christmas

Everyone’s read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by GTS’s own Clement Clarke Moore, but have you ever heard of “The Night After Christmas”? The 1823 publication of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in the Troy Sentinel had readers “buzzing, laughing, marveling, and rhapsodizing” and solidified a typical “American” Christmas.[1] Because of its popularity and reach,…

The Matriculation Book

Your reference librarian had the opportunity to do some research into the Matriculation Book and ceremony last summer. Here’s some of that information, which sets out the history of the oath and the Matriculation ceremony itself. Original oath. In The Story of General Theological Seminary, Powel Mills Dawley notes that “Students were matriculated at a…

New exhibit to celebrate the Installation of our 13th Dean and President

We’re getting excited about the scheduled installation of our new Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt Dunkle, next Thursday evening, October 17. To celebrate this historic occasion (and also to show off some cool stuff from Special Collections), the Keller Library has put together an exhibit highlighting gifts to the collection throughout the years.…

Slavery and Anglicanism in the Long 18th Century: Celebrating Black History Month

The Christoph Keller, Jr. Library is known throughout the Anglican world for having extensive special collections that focus on historic materials relating to the Episcopal Church. We’ve had an amazing time these past few weeks getting ready to show the world a sampling of materials relating to slavery. Many of the items on display come…