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St. Peter's Church
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Celebrating 250 years, St. Peter's Episcopal Church in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, has witnessed a rich mixture of people and events that reflect critical periods of American political and cultural history. George Washington worshiped here as did abolitionists and slave holders, Whigs, Democrats, and Republicans. St. Peter's was a point of first contact for thousands of immigrants, and the church opened schools for immigrants to help them to acculturate to life in Philadelphia.

Opening a window onto colonial Philadelphia and the nation's histories, St. Peter's Church is a glorious testament to this National Historic Landmark. In addition to the stories and hundreds of black-and-white and color photographs, this handsome volume provides a history of the grounds, the churchyard, and the church itself-a classic example of eighteenth-century Philadelphia design that later incorporated the work of renown architects William Strickland, Thomas U. Walter, and Frank Furness.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Part One: 1761-1836
  1. Chapter 1: Let the Building Speak
  2. pp. 5-35
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  1. Chapter 2: The Sacred Cause of Liberty
  2. pp. 37-63
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  1. Part Two: 1836–1865
  1. Chapter 3: The Churches Disunited
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. Chapter 4: The Building Evolves
  2. pp. 73-86
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  1. Chapter 5: The Industrial City: 1836–1845
  2. pp. 87-94
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  1. Chapter 6: St. Peter’s and the Oxford Movement
  2. pp. 95-98
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  1. Chapter 7: Civil War Divides the City
  2. pp. 99-103
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  1. Part Three: 1865-1911
  1. Chapter 8: St. Peter’s Reaches Out
  2. pp. 107-118
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  1. Chapter 9: From a Side Pew
  2. pp. 119-128
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  1. Chapter 10: The Jewish Mission
  2. pp. 129-135
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  1. Part Four: 1911 to the Present
  1. Chapter 11: “No Longer a Wealthy Parish”
  2. pp. 139-150
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  1. Chapter 12: The Choir School
  2. pp. 151-166
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  1. Chapter 13: 1950–1962
  2. pp. 167-188
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  1. Chapter 14: The ’70s and Beyond
  2. pp. 189-199
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  1. Part Five: The People of St. Peter’s
  1. Chapter 15: The Churchyard
  2. pp. 203-216
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  1. Chapter 16: The Rectors of St. Peter’s Church
  2. pp. 217-230
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  1. Chapter 17: Members of the Congregation
  2. pp. 231-236
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  1. Chapter 18: “A House of Prayer for All People”
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. 241-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-254
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  1. About the Authors
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