Billy Graham Center
The Treasures of Wheaton
The Treasures of Wheaton is the name of the
program presented 1993 through 2007 by the three manuscript repositories on
Wheaton campus, usually in May (Alumni Weekend)as part of the schedule of events
offered by the Alumni Office. From 1993 through 2000, there was also a fall
Treasures of Wheaton presentation in October during Homecoming Weekend. There
was a last Treasure of Wheaton program on May 9, 2009, when only the BGC Archives
made a presentation.
"Treasures" was especially aimed at Wheaton College alumni, faculty, students
and staff, but anyone is welcome. In the spring, staff from each of Wheaton's
three repositories (the Archives of the Billy Graham Center, the Marion
E. Wade Center, and the
College Archives and Special Collections) give brief talks highlighting
one collection from each of their holdings, relating to a common theme. Each
presentation is highlighted by illustrations of documents, photos, audio tapes,
videos, films and other materials from the collections.
Here is a list of past Treasures of Wheaton presentations:
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From the BGC Archives: "I
Learned to Look Straight at Them" The Apprenticeship of Billy Graham,
No Treasures of Wheaton program
From the Billy Graham Center Archives: “Well,
the Zamzam has been a long time in sinking!” The Tale of An Uncompleted
Voyage - The sinking of the Egyptian freighter Zamzam in April
1941 was very briefly at international incident in the grim pageant of World
War II and then quickly forgotten by the world. But it was of lifelong importance
to Zamzam survivors, including almost twelve dozen missionaries, mainly
American. This presentation, drawing on the wide variety of documents about
the incident which have been gathered by the Billy Graham Center Archives,
told the story of the attack, the survivors, and the meaning in terms of
God’s care and providence that participants found in the events.
From the Wheaton College Archives and Special Collections
(David Malone): A Living Legacy: the Spiritual Heritage of Special
From the Marion E. Wade Center (Christopher Mitchell):
Dorothy L. Sayers: Mere Christian
From the Marion E. Wade Center: C. S. Lewis on Transformation
From the College Archives & Special Collections: Nothing this year
From the Billy Graham Center Archives: "That
Was the Time I Got Converted," Born-Again Tales from the BGC Archives
“Unless a man be born again, “ Jesus said to Nicodemus, “he
cannot see the Kingdom of God.” And Nicodemus, good man and teacher
that he was, was astonished. Since the birth of the church, people have told
stories both common and astonishing about how they have been converted, washed
in the Blood, redeemed, transformed, made new, brought to surrender all. This
talk highlighted samples of the many personal account of conversion experiences
in the BGC Archives.
From the Marion E. Wade Center: C. S. Lewis on Christian Love
From the College Archives & Special Collections: Oswald Chambers:
Measuring the Fullness of God
From the Billy Graham Center Archives: Bottom Line: "Rooted and
Established in Love" as Seen in the Life of Mother Consuella York
From the Marion E. Wade Center: Dorothy L. Sayers's The Man Born
to be King:
Mel Gibson's film, The Passion, is making headlines today, but Dorothy L.
Sayers's radio dramas on the life of Christ were just as controversial when
they were first presented during the height of World War II. Initially denounced
by both the religious establishment as well as the secular media as "blasphemous,"
the twelve plays which comprise The Man Born to be King were eventually broadcast,
nonetheless, due to the courageous perseverance of both Sayers and the Religion
department of the BBC. However, once the public actually heard the plays,
the controversy quickly died down – and the radio dramas were widely acclaimed
throughout Britain as both a devout and powerful portrayal of the life of
Jesus Christ. This presentation will not only give the history of this significant
accomplishment, but will also take a brief look at the plays themselves.
From the College Archives and Special Collections: The
Abolitionist Career of Jonathan Blanchard.
As with many in America, Jonathan Blanchard was impacted by the social ills
and tensions of our young country. Before becoming president of Wheaton College
Jonathan Blanchard had been an ardent abolitionist having attended the abolitionist
stronghold, Lane Seminary, in Cincinnati, Ohio and he put his life at risk
while lecturing widely against slavery as one of Theodore Dwight Weld's "Seventy
Disciples". His vehemence against slavery eventually brought his presidency
at Knox College to a close. When Blanchard was asked to assume the leadership
of the floundering Wesleyan Methodist's Illinois Institute they asked that
he uphold their commitment to abolitionism. During the Civil War Wheaton struggled
to stay open as its male population were off fighting for the Union. Throughout
his life Jonathan Blanchard stood firm for social justice as he worked to
bring the Kingdom of God to the present instead of waiting idly by for a future
glory devoid of sin.
From the Billy Graham Center Archives: "Sitting
Down at the Feast of the Kingdom of God" Glimpses from the Archives of the
Flowering of Southern Christianity.
Church historian Kenneth Scott Latourette called the years 1792 to 1914 "the
Great century" in the history of the expansion of Christianity. Those were
the years that marked the beginning of a revitalized effort from Christians
of Europe and then North America to preach the Gospel and plant churches in
other parts of the world. In the later 20th and now the 21th centuries, the
seeds sown by these early missionaries have grown into thriving Christian
communities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Not only in numbers, but in
theology, worship, and evangelism, the Southern churches will be a major,
probably the dominant influence in the next era of Christian history. This
talk will center on documents from the BGC Archives that help tell the story
of these great events through the lives of individuals from North America,
Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America who have played their part in them,
just as Peter and Paul played their part in the Church's first expansion and
other Christians, famous and unknown, has done in every era since. Audio clips,
video clips, photos letters, diaries and other records from the Archives will
be used to help tell the part of recent generations in the great story.
They Could Have Turned Back: Examples of Courage in the Lives of C. S.
Lewis, Malcolm Muggeridge, and John Perkins
BGC Archives - Could
He Have Turned Back? Courage Depicted in the Life of John Perkins.
John Perkins' story reveals the more everyday quality of courage which emerges
from a life of faith when a person cares little for their own safety or
reputation. In 1960 Perkins returned from California to Mississippi where
he developed a blending of evangelistic outreach, community development,
and civil rights involvement. A decade later he launched a local boycott
almost cost him his life in a small town jail in 1970. Based primarily on
an oral history with Perkins, this presentation features Real Audio excerpts
and accompanying transcripts from that interview.
College Archives & Special Collections - The Ground Mourns: Malcolm
Muggeridge and the Ukraine Famine. Malcolm Muggeridge was reared in
a Labour Party home that viewed the Soviet Union as a utopia worth replicating.
However, as the Moscow correspondent for the Manchester Guardian,
Muggeridge shockingly described the horrors of the genocide promulgated
in the Ukraine. While other reporters enjoyed the lavishness of Soviet "hospitality"
while on tour trains, Muggeridge got off the train and saw the realities
of the supposed Soviet utopia. For his courage Muggeridge was ridiculed
and lost his professional standing.
Marion E. Wade Center - Reflections on courage through a reading of J.
R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Preached to All Nations: Proclamation in Many Cultures
BGC Archives -
"Among All the Thousands of Pieces of the Human Mosaic: The Life and Ministry
of Donald McGavran" Donald McGavran was a missionary from a family
of missionaries. After thirty years in India, he returned to the United States
and from his searching mind and varied experience created the church growth
theory which has so effected Christian discipleship in the last half of the
twentieth century. Drawing on McGavran's notes, photos, audio tapes and videos,
this presentation will tell his story, including the intriguing interest of
his later years.
College Archives and Special Collections - " So
Send I You: Margaret Clarkson Life of Triumphant Praise" Margaret
Clarkson was born, reared, and educated in Toronto, Canada. As an adult she
taught elementary school for 38 years. A gifted writer and hymnist, Clarkson
wrote and published 17 books and hundreds of poems, songs, and hymns. She
is the author of We Come, O Christ, to Thee; Our God is Sovereign Still; and,
the missionary hymn So Send I You. In 1992 she was named a Fellow by the Hymn
Society in the United States and Canada. Come and learn about her life and
Marion E. Wade Center - "To The Ends of the Earth" focusing on the
translation of the works of the seven authors of the Wade Center from English
into other languages.
Shaping By Example: Mentors and Models From the Archives
BGC Archives - "Run, Then, In Such a Way as to Win the Prize: Sports and
Evangelism" Billy Sunday, Gil Dodds and Bill Glass are among those athletes
who have also been evangelists. This talk will use examples from the lives
of these and others to illustrate how sports has been used both as a means
to bring people to hear the Gospel and as a model for the Christian life.
College Archives and Special Collections - Without
Restraint: Kenneth Landon's Life as Missionary and Statesman. Kenneth
Perry Landon's life of service in ministry and government, though often overshadowed
by his wife, Margaret Landon's success as author of Anna and the King of Siam,
displays perseverance and unrestrained energy in serving the Lord, in various
callings and in whatever circumstance, to his fullest capacity.
Marion E. Wade Center - Fantasy and Spiritual Formation During the
past half a century, the imaginary world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth
and C. S. Lewis's Narnia have shaped and nurtured the spiritual lives of countless
Christians throughout the world. Why? How? What can we learn from their influence?
Spring: Permanent Things: Temporal Ministries and Eternal Legacies
BGC Archives - Flickering Images and the Timeless Gospel: Percy Crawford
and the Birth of Televangelism
College Archives and Special Collections - Seeking All Generations: The
Life and Ministry of Louis H. Evans, Sr.
Marion E. Wade Center - Toward the Recovery of Permanent Things: A View
from the Wade Center Authors
Fall: Marion E. Wade Center - A History of the Marion E. Wade Center
BGC Archives - Lord,
When Did We See Thee A Stranger? : City Rescue Missions in America.
College Archives -
In Locis Parentes A Look at Off-Campus Housing
College Special Collections - The Story of the Sojourner Community and Its
Witness of Love and Social Justice.
Marion E. Wade Center - A presentation of G. K. Chesterton's gift for developing
friendships with unbelievers even as he vigorously defended among them the
truth and vitality of the Christian faith.
Fall: Special Collections: The Life of Red Grange.
Spring: Walk, Run, Soar: Glimpses Of The Christian Journey From A Century
BGC Archives - "Make
This the Best Year of Our Lives": Scenes of Christian Ministry from the Year
College Archives and Special Collections - Frances Carothers Blanchard:
From M.D. to Third wife of College President and Mother to Seven Children
Marion E. Wade Center - C. S. Lewis: A Centenary Appraisal
Fall: College Archives and Special Collections: Wheaton College Faces
the Millenium: The Decade of the 1890s.
Spring: "Told by Those Who Saw These Things": Oral
History and Evangelism in the Archives of the Billy Graham Center
Fall: An Omer
of Manna: Using Oral History to Document the 1995 Wheaton Revival
Spring: Candlelighters: Four Christian Witnesses in a Dark and Doubting
Fall: C. S. Lewis and the Socratic Club
Spring: In Service: The Impact of World War II
Fall: Kingdoms in Conflict: The Evacuation of China Inland Mission from
Spring: Real to Reel: True Stories Translated to Film
Fall: Behind Shadowlands: The Story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidson
Spring: Women in Ministry
Fall: The Life of Dorothy Sayers
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