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An Illustrated History: Elizabethtown and the Pennsylvania Dutch Community

October 26 - October 26, 2015

Free

For decades, even centuries, America has loved Pennsylvania Dutch communities. In An Illustrated History: Elizabethtown and the Pennsylvania Dutch Community, E-town’s own Jean Paul Benowitz shares his illustrated outlook on these communities.

Benowitz puts the history of Elizabethtown in the context of the public’s fascination with Pennsylvania Dutch culture, which drives the tourism industry of the region. He debunks myths about Pennsylvania Dutch culture created by the tourism industry, and sheds new light on the national role Elizabethtown has played in American History. His discussion will also explore the ethnic and religious diversity of the town beyond the stereotype of this being exclusively a Pennsylvania German and Scotch Irish protestant stronghold.

For over 20 years Benowitz has taught at Elizabethtown College in the Departments of History, Religious Studies, and for the Women and Gender program. He is currently the Director of Student Transitional Programs and Assistant Director of Academic Advising. He is also faculty advisor for the Liberal Arts Residence Living Learning Community in Myer Residence Hall. He earned his BS in History at Eastern Mennonite University where he wrote his senior thesis on the history of Horse and Buggy Mennonites of Virginia. He earned his MA in History at Millersville University where he wrote his MA thesis on the history of the Horse and Buggy Mennonites of Pennsylvania. He was a scholar in residence at the college’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Jean-Paul is a PhD candidate at Temple University. His dissertation is a biography of U. S. Congressman James Wadsworth Symington (D-MO). Symington was Bobby Kennedy’s assistant in the Justice Department before becoming Lyndon Johnson’s Chief of Protocol, and then served in Congress throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Much of Jean-Paul’s scholarship, published works, and public presentations have focused on Twentieth Century American political history, particularly presidential studies, and international relations. Each fall and spring semester, Jean-Paul teaches a first year seminar entitled: Discovery: America Now an interdisciplinary approach to the study of America’s heritage and the distinguishing features of the American mind and character. In essence this is an introduction to the academic field of American Studies. Each fall and spring semester, Jean-Paul teaches a first year seminar on the local history of Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Elizabethtown Borough, and Elizabethtown College entitled: Landmarks and Legends: Learning Local History.

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Date:
October 26, 2015
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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