Full Circle

An unexpected gift brings photos back to Drew eight decades later.

By Mary Jo Patterson

The item was billed “Drew University photo album, Madison, N.J., 1926” and offered for sale by a man in Gill, Mass. Adam Kaplan C’94, who trolled regularly on eBay, snapped it up for $31 and added it to his collection of Drew memorabilia. Kaplan didn’t know the provenance of the scrapbook, and had no connection to the people on its pages. But “they were very cool photographs,” he says. Last summer, though, Kaplan decided to gift the album to Drew. Matthew R. Beland G’01,’02,’08, University Archives assistant, dug into old records to remove the shroud of mystery: The photographs were most likely taken at the Theo School’s 1926 Summer Session, directed by professor Edwin Lewis. Summer sessions began in 1914 and served seminary students as well as “city, town and country pastors” wishing to further their theological education. A 1926 bulletin reported that students would travel to New York City “to study successful church institutions.” One of the more unusual courses was “Agricultural Problems,” designed to give rural pastors insight into farmers’ troubles in order to become better ministers.

Drew Theological School 1926 Summer Session: A Gallery

If you can identify anyone in these photos, please email Drew Magazine.

One Response to “Full Circle”

  1. Marnie Barno says:

    Well, not only did I enjoy seeing the old pictures, I learned that women were admitted to the Theological School in 1919, probably to study Christian Education. Now I’m curious, when was the first B.D. awarded to a woman?

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