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Church to celebrate its 200th anniversary soon

October 29, 2000

Church to celebrate its 200th anniversary soon



A "visit" by General Ulysses S. Grant and his wife will be one of the highlights of the upcoming 200th anniversary of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church on Bakersville Road south of Hagerstown.

Re-enactors will fill those roles as the church commemorates one event in its history when President Abraham Lincoln stopped by Salem during the Civil War, said Christ Abbott, Salem council president.

On Sunday, Nov. 5, the congregation will sponsor a special anniversary church service at 4 p.m.

After the service, a time capsule containing information and relics pertinent to the current congregation will be buried.

Activities will continue at Brill Hall across the street from the church.

There will be a bonfire with marshmallows and hot dogs on the grill, a list of Salem parishioners dating to 1890, the major events in the history of Salem and the conversion of the service from German to English in addition to the commemoration of Lincoln's visit on Oct. 2, 1862.

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Part of the Lutheran parish, Salem is served by Pastor Blaine Feightner along with Mt. Zion and Holy Trinity.

Sunday services are at 11:15 a.m., preceded at 10 with Sunday school classes for all ages.

- Marlo Barnhart

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