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Museum Quality Collection of John Wesley Memorabilia on Display at Ferrum College

1/5/2012

Museum Quality Collection of John Wesley Memorabilia on Display at Ferrum College

A generous gift to the College includes a porcelain bust said to be one of the best likenesses of John Wesley, the principal founder of Methodism

Ferrum, Va. (Jan. 5, 2012) – Ferrum College Board of Trustees member Thelma Crowder and her husband, Harold, recently donated a portion of their collection of John Wesley memorabilia to the College.  The exhibit, now on display in John Wesley Hall comprises 43 items and features a porcelain bust from the 18th century said to be one of the best likenesses of John Wesley, the principal founder of the Methodist movement.

Acquired by the Crowders over a span of more than 50 years, this exceptional assemblage is housed in a custom cabinet commissioned by the couple from Underwood Cabinets in Ferrum.  Included are works by the finest 18th, 19th, and 20th century English porcelain, china and pottery manufacturers including Wedgwood, Leeds, Kent, Staffordshire, Minton, Enoch Wood and Sunderland.

“Harold and Thelma Crowder have been extremely generous to the College with their gift of these beautiful pieces spanning three centuries,” said Ferrum College President

Jennifer Braaten. “We hope people will enjoy the collection while reflecting upon the extraordinary legacy of John Wesley, whose visionary influence continues to this day in churches and educational institutions throughout the world.”

Ferrum College’s John Wesley collection may be seen in the foyer of John Wesley Hall during normal week-day office hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For questions, please call (540) 365-4201.

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