The Rev. William Augustus Muhlenberg:

275th Lecture Series at Lancaster History

A nineteenth century visionary for our time

Monday, April 27, 2020

Dr. Walter Prehn will be talking about why Muhlenberg (1796-1877) has been described as the most influential episcopal priest of his time. In a time of great social change, Muhlenberg offered a new vision of the role of the church to the nation especially in the field of education. Serving as co-rector at Saint James in the 1820s, he began to put into practice his ideas about education, church renewal and mission but it was only after he left Lancaster that his work drew national attention.

In addition to creating the renowned boy’s school, Flushing Institute on Long Island, he along with his disciples, was responsible for establishing a number of Episcopal boarding schools inspired by his thinking. Muhlenberg also founded both the Church of the Holy Communion and Saint Luke’s Hospital in New York.

Monday, April 27, 2020
4:00 – 4:30 PM: Wine and cheese reception
4:30 – 5:30: Lecture by Rev. Dr. Walter L. Prehn III

Lancaster History
230 N President Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603

This event is free; registration is required for planning purposes.

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William Augustus Muhlenberg, Jacob Eichholtz, 1836 Oil on canvas Courtesy of The Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD Archives, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY.

The Rev. Dr. Walter L. Prehn III is a freelance journalist, an independent scholar and a school consultant. He has a B.A. in history from Texas A&M and a M.Div. from Nashotah House Seminary, Wisconsin. His dissertation for his PH.D., from the University of Virginia, is entitled “Social Vision, Character and Academic Excellence in Nineteenth Century America: William Augustus Muhlenberg and the Church School Movement, 1828-1877.”

Dr. Prehn was a parish priest and rector for 12 years. Since then, he has served in variety of Episcopal schools, most recently at St. John’s Parish Day School, Ellicott City MD as chaplain, teacher and headmaster. He is the author of a forthcoming book, Saint James School, Maryland: 175 years and is working on a book about Muhlenberg’s scholastic vision for 21st century needs.