DNA Members are invited to an "Evening with Richard C. Kessler" on Friday, April 17th at 7 p.m. at Independent Presbyterian Church. A reception will immediately follow. The event is hosted by Veritas Academy and is free.
Mr. Richard C. Kessler is the Chairman and CEO of the Kessler Collection (a collection of over ten luxury and boutique hotels that includes the Bohemian and the Mansion on Forsyth in Savannah) and Chair of the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection. As a Rincon native and descendant of the Salzburger Lutherans (Lutherans who were expelled from Austria and invited by James Oglethorpe in 1734 to settle in what is now Effingham County) he is also a collector of Reformation era historical manuscripts and documents. The “Kessler Reformation Collection” is housed at Emory University and is the largest collection of Martin Luther documents (1000+) in North America and the third largest collection of religious manuscripts in North America.
We are not doing a traditional “gala” this year. This event will be a mini-symposium of sorts. The program will feature Veritas rhetoric students and a presentation/lecture from Mr. Kessler. The theme of the evening will be ‘Treasuring Our Christian Heritage.’ There will be a reception on the front lawn of IPC after the program.
Dr. Patrick Graham, director of the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University, will accompany Mr. Kessler. Dr. Graham will bring a small collection of manuscripts to display in the program. These will include a 1541 Call to Prayer from Martin Luther (1541), Spangenberg’s edition of Luther’s Large Catechism (1546), an early printing of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (1561), and an early edition of the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent (1566).