Bridgewater College senior produces ‘Legacies of Peace’ documentary

bridgewater collegeCharlotte McIntyre, a senior history major from Street, Md., has produced “Legacies of Peace,” a video documentary that profiles key peacemakers whose papers and artifacts are in Bridgewater College Special Collections and the Reuel B. Pritchett Museum Collection.

The documentary will be shown as part of Special Collections’ exhibition, “Seek Peace and Pursue it,” on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, on the ground floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library. There is no admission fee and the public is invited to attend.

“I am delighted to be able to be a part of bringing Bridgewater’s history and collections to life for the public,” said McIntyre. “It is exciting to bring together so many dynamic components on a platform accessible to all, and it was an honor to be able to interview several prominent members of the Bridgewater College community.”

Individuals featured in the documentary are former Bridgewater College president and peace advocate Paul H. Bowman; local Civil War evangelist John Kline; Peace Corps volunteer Lula A. Miller; author and teacher Anna B. Mow; founder of the Brethren Alexander Mack Sr.; Brethren ambassador W. Harold Row; missionary to China Nettie M. Senger; humanitarian Naomi Miller West; and Nobel Peace Prize nominee M. Robert Zigler.

All voiceovers and interviews are done by Bridgewater faculty and students, including five theater students who give voice to historical characters such as John Kline and Nettie Senger.

Interviews include Bridgewater President David W. Bushman, who talks about President Paul H. Bowman; Stephanie Gardner, special collections librarian, who discusses Nettie Senger and Lula Miller; Dr. William Abshire, the Anna B. Mow Professor of Philosophy and Religion, who talks about Anna B. Mow; Dr. Stephen Longenecker, professor of history and political science, who talks about Alexander Mack Sr., John Kline and W. Harold Row; and Dr. Dean R. Neher, a former Bridgewater physics and computer science professor, talking about M. R. Zigler and Naomi Miller West

Other Bridgewater participants include library director Andrew Pearson reading as John Kline, and Dr. Robert Andersen, dean of academic affairs and director of the Kline-Bowman Institute for Creative Peacebuilding, reading as W. Harold Row.

After the Oct. 22 showings of the documentary, it will be available for viewing by request in Special Collections at Bridgewater or on the Bridgewater College YouTube channel.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to nearly 1,900 undergraduate students.

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