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Lecture by Rev. W. A. Lutz, November 10, 1887, “Reading”
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Until the 1850s, Japan was an isolated, feudal island country. With the restoration of an Emperor in the Meiji Period (1868-1912), dramatic changes were made in order to make it a modern nation-state that followed Western models. It opened its doors to Western trade, and freedom of religion was introduced in 1871, creating a flood of Christian missionaries. All things regarding Japanese culture became the rage.
At Mont Amoena, a Young Women’s Home and Missionary Society group formed to support the NC Lutheran Synod’s Women’s Home and Missionary Society, whose function was to raise funds for mission work, primarily for teachers to educate, spread the gospel, and grow church membership in the Far East. The photo below is of a Japanese tea party that was held at Mont Amoena, dated October 14, 1899.
December 17, 1921
May Day pageant at Mont Amoena in 1916 ( May 1, 1916). The Concord Times reported that 65 young ladies participated in the public event at 6:00 that evening. They abrought a piano out onto the lawn for a “May Chorus.” The May Queen is on a raised platform and a number of participants are holding May baskets. Those laying on the ground are adorned with butterfly wings.
Senior Class Play, “Daddy Long Legs,” 1925. Courtesy of Alan Staton.
A pageant at Mont Amoena, undated.