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November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Vesper Service, 11/25/1947

On Tuesday, 11/25/1947, Western Reserve University (WRU) held its regular Thanksgiving Vesper Service in Amasa Stone Chapel. President Winfred Leutner, Reverend George Nostrand, University Chaplain, and Rabbi Stephen Sherman, Director of the local chapter of the Hillel Foundation, presided. Leutner read the Thanksgiving proclamation from President Truman. Rev. Nostrand read an Invocation and The Lord’s Prayer. Rabbi Sherman read the scripture lesson and a prayer. The University Choir, under the direction of Director Russell L. Gee, also performed several songs and hymns.

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(l-r) Rabbi Stephen Sherman, President Winfred Leutner, and Rev. George Nostrand look over President Truman's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Rev. Nostrand gave the address, “Glad You’re Alive.” While the Archives does not have the text of this address, the Reserve Tribune (11/21/1947) reported that the address stressed the meaning of the first Thanksgiving as a basis for the observance of the holiday.

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Program for the 1947 Thanksgiving Vesper Service

Members of the Adelbert Student Council and Mather Student Government served as ushers. All University personnel (faculty, students, and staff) and residents of the neighborhood were welcome to attend the service.

Read descriptions of Thanksgiving and the traditional Case vs. Reserve game in blog entries from 2010, 2nd 2010 entry, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Posted by hxy2 at November 15, 2017 01:36 PM

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