Brethren Historical Library and Archives

Hidden gems


Read about the rediscovery of Benjamin Funk's original hand-written manuscript (partial) for his book, "Life and Labors of Elder John Kline."

Following are some images related to Alexander Mack, Sr. (1679-1735), founder and first minister of the Church of the Brethren and related Brethren bodies, which the general reader may not have seen and which may be of interest. All images are from the photographic collections of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives.

Eder River baptism 400

Image by Carol Fike.

A 1958 painting by H. Durkee of the original eight members being baptized in the Eder River at Schwarzenau in 1708. This painting hangs in the BHLA.

Weaver house 417

The Johannes Mack or Weaver House in Germantown, PA, on the site of the first Brethren church building. Apparently, Alexander Mack, who arrived in Germantown in 1729, lived for a time in this little house (built c. 1731). Later, his son Johannes, a stocking weaver, and his family lived in the home.

Germantown cemetery 309

An early image of Alexander Mack’s grave (foreground) at the Germantown Church of the Brethren before the larger modern headstone went up behind it.

Mack headstones 285

An unusually clear image of both the original and modern headstones for Alexander Mack, Sr., in the cemetery of the Germantown Church of the Brethren.