On permanent display here at the Heritage Room is this solid pine wood pulpit from Campus Hill Church. The pulpit was added to our collection when the “Chapel” (as called by the early pioneer members) was town down in 1938. Many of the fixtures, such as windows and doors, were incorporated into homes built in Loma Linda. Ellen White spoke from this pulpit in April 1911 at the age of 83.
Have you ever heard of a Magic Lantern? The magic lantern is the forerunner of the modern slide projector. The first magic lantern was developed in the 17th century. The ones pictured here are early 20th century. There has been some debate about who the original inventor of the magic lantern is. The magic lantern has a bowl-shaped mirror in front of a light source that gathers light and projects it through a glass slide with an image scanned onto it. The light rays cross an “aperture” (which is an opening at the front of the apparatus), and hit a lens. The lens throws an enlarged picture of the original image from the slide onto a screen. The Department of Archives and Special Collections has a glass slide projector and more than 30,000 glass slides used by early Adventist evangelists in addition to those used by early Loma Linda University faculty. After the closure of the American Medical Missionary College in 1910, the Loma Linda board decided to purchase the medial slides from Battle Creek Sanitarium and add them to the existing collection.
Several years ago the Ellen G. White Estate has began a project of preparing several volumes of annotations (or providing context) for Ellen G. White’s letters and manuscripts. Initially, the task was assigned to Dr. Roland Karlman, based at Newbold College in England, who has been working on the first volume for several years. The task has proven to be, however, much larger and time consuming than expected. Nevertheless, the first volume is expected to come out of the press sometime this year (2013). Since Dr. Karlman has announced his retirement at the end of 2012, Stan Hickerson, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor of the Stevensville Church in Michigan and a researcher in Adventist history, has been named to replace Karlman and continue the annotation project. Hickerson has begun officially his new responsibilities in January 2013. His office is located at the Center for Adventist Research, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. We wish him and the annotation team success as they continue working on this important project.
One of our ongoing projects here at the Heritage Research Center is the digitization of Prophetic Charts. A Prophetic Chart explains the fulfilled and unfulfilled prophecies of Daniel, Revelation and Matthew 24. Below is an example of a few of the charts from the Review and Herald series drawn by R. Eldride, dated 1941.
On February 28, 2013, Loma Linda University was given a wonderful book to be added to our History of Medicine collection. The book, shown here, is:
Wesley, John, 1793-1791. Primitive Physic: or An Easy and Natural Method of Curing Most Diseases. (Philadelphia: Printed by Prichard & Hall, in Market-Street, and sold by John Dickins, in Fourth Street, near Race Street, MDCC.LXXXIX. . 21st. ed., Edited for an American audience and published by the Methodist Episcopal Church.
John Wesley was an Anglican cleric and theologian. He, along with his brother Charles Wesley, are credited with founding the Methodist movement.
After a hiatus of a year and a half due to the Center’s remodel construction, we are once again able to have our annual book sale. The sale runs through this week – March 4 through 8, 2013. The hours of the sale are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 to noon on Friday the 8th.
This is probably our largest sale, so don’t worry about others having scooped up all the great finds. In many cases there are multiple copies of sought-after titles.
We hope to see you soon!
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