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Charlotte Hazen Rowe: Lancaster’s Educator in India

April 2 @ 4:00 PM

The Rev. Dr. Reid Trulson has reclaimed the story of Lancaster native Charlotte Hazen Rowe.

Charlotte (Atlee) was orphaned in Lancaster and later joined the Baptist Church in Massachusetts after the death of her first husband and child. Overcoming scandal and prejudice, she became an educator in India as America’s first appointed woman missionary. After a decade of service in India, she taught in Philadelphia and Alabama before moving to Strasburg, eight miles from her childhood home. There she restarted the Strasburg Female Seminary as its new principal. Charlotte Rowe died in 1863 and lies buried beside her twin daughters in Saint James’ churchyard.

Dr. Trulson’s account of Charlotte Rowe’s life and ministry, based on research in India, England and the United States, invites examination of gender bias in religious life today.

The talk begins at 4 PM in the church followed by a reception with book signing at the Rectory.

Available in-person and via livestream. Click here to view the presentation via livestream.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Reid Trulson.


April 2
4:00 PM
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Saint James Episcopal Church
103 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602 United States
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Saint James Episcopal Church
119 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

The Rev. David W. Peck, Rector
The Rev. Shayna Watson, Associate Rector
The Rev. Glenn Miller, Priest Associate

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