This Weekend! Living History Event at St. Luke’s Church

“General From Whitemarsh: A Celebration of Joseph Bridger”

This Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., 14477 Benns Church Blvd., Smithfield

Meet St. Luke’s most revered patron, Joseph Bridger, visit with period vendors, and hear about the “Written in Bone” Project from Dr. Doug Owsley, Head of Physical Anthropology for the Smithsonian Institute (the project included the exhumation of Joseph Bridger’s grave at St. Luke’s). Music and food also available.

$8 admission to the weekend programs also includes museum general admission.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

9:30 a.m. Gift Shop, Museum, and Vendors Opens to Public.
11:00 a.m. Chief “RedHawk” Brown, Che Notto presentation in Church Building. Brown will be giving a lecture on the history of the Cheroenhaka Tribe and its context in the 17th century.
2:00 p.m. Dr. Doug Owsley presentation in Church Building. Dr. Doug Owsley, Division Head of Physical Anthropology for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, will present on the enduring legacy of the Written in Bone project that included the exhumation and study of Joseph Bridger.
3:00 p.m. Mr. Bill Hodsden, HSLR Board Member & Bridger Family Association Member presents on “The Future of Whitemarsh”
7:00 p.m. The Locrian Consort performs popular music from the 1680s heard by Bridger and others
8:00 p.m. Twilight Cemetery Tours led by Smithfield Tourism’s Kathy Mountjoy. (limited availability, first-come, first-served, registrations begin at 9:30 a.m. at the front desk)
9:00 p.m. Gift Shop and Museum Closes to the Public
Joseph Bridger Ledgerstone

Sunday, September 11, 2016

9:30 a.m. Gift Shop, Museum, and Vendors Opens to Public.
11:00 a.m. A 1680’s style faux, interpretive church service will be conducted by Brett Walker
5:00 p.m. Gift Shop, Museum, and Vendors Close to the Public.

For more information, call the Welcome Center at 757-357-3367.