The Brackbill Lecture Series honors and memorializes the life and legacy of The Reverend Charles Brackbill Jr., who served with distinction as a pastor, educator, media executive and humanitarian for more than six decades. His vision and leadership transformed the campus of the First Presbyterian Church into a dynamic center for history, education, the arts and social and economic development in midtown Elizabeth.
The Brackbill Lecture Series brings scholars, educators, historians and religious leaders to the community to present talks that will further the causes that were dear to Reverend Brackbill and that will continue his legacy of service to the people of Elizabeth.
Upcoming programs in this series include:
Monday, January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
New Discoveries About the First Presbyterian Church Burial Grounds – Brown University student and Snyder Academy Research Fellow Sean Briody will present original research illuminating the role of the African-American community in colonial Elizabethtown, the Associates who founded Elizabethtown in 1664 and the physical and social geography of the burial grounds.
Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 2:00pm
James Caldwell: The Fighting Parson – Re-enactor Meridoc Burkhardt will bring Reverend James Caldwell to life with a presentation of his life and legacy during the Revolutionary War.
The History of the Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown – Elizabeth native Dave Rogers will discuss the history of the Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown over the centuries.