University of Delaware

Dec. 7: Bryn Athyn, Glencairn

Friends of Art History, Osher offer trip to Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Glencairn


8:23 a.m., Nov. 5, 2013--University of Delaware alumni and friends are invited to tour Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum in Pennsylvania on Saturday, Dec. 7. 

The trip is being sponsored by the University’s Friends of Art History in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UD.

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Guests will join Lawrence Nees, professor and chair of the Department of Art History and a renowned specialist in medieval art, and Donald Grimes, an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute instructor whose interest and focus is on cathedrals of the Middle Ages. 

Bryn Athyn was founded as a religious community in the late 19th century by members of a Christian denomination known as the New Church. This small borough is home to some of the area’s most remarkable architecture, buildings that reflect the religious faith and vision of the community’s earliest residents.

Today, Bryn Athyn Cathedral, a Gothic and Romanesque style complex dedicated in 1919, remains a place of worship for the New Church.

Glencairn, built as the residence of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn in a Romanesque style between 1928 and 1939, is a museum of religious art and history.

Of all the crafts associated with these buildings, the production of stained glass for Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn is especially noteworthy. To replicate the beauty of medieval windows in European churches, Pennsylvania artisans traveled to Europe to discover the techniques of medieval glassmakers. Their study resulted in methods, perfected at Bryn Athyn in the 1920s, that also were applied to other 20th-century ecclesiastical buildings, including the Washington National Cathedral.

To ensure that all guests have an intimate viewing experience and can enjoy Nees’ discussion of the stained glass and sculpture, small groups will be organized and rotated through the complex during their two-hour tours. 

See the website for more information about the cathedral and museum.

A bus will leave the Wilmington campus of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at noon and is scheduled to arrive at Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum around 1 p.m.

The cost of the tour and transportation is $40 per person. Tickets, at $15 per person also are available for those who can provide their own transportation.

The number of tickets is strictly limited and early registration is encouraged. To register go to the UDconnection web page

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