Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kentucky : Asbury Theological Seminary, WIlmore

In the charming small Kentucky town in the early 1920's a school was launched. It's purpose nearly 100 years later remains, Asbury Theological Seminary seeks "to prepare and send forth a well-trained, sanctified, Spirit-filled, evangelistic ministry” in order to spread scriptural holiness around the world. Asbury Seminary continues to hold to this mission, providing holistic ministerial preparation as an interdenominational institution."  It attracts candidates from a wide range of denominations but who are strongly Wesleyan in their approach to Christian life, purpose, and methods.
Dr. Marvin J. Hudson, beside the statue of Rev. Francis Asbury at WTS

Dr. Marvin J. Hudson, 2002, examines the John Wesley statue.

Route 66 OK: New Markers Make New Kicks

A popular stop along the way is now "POP'S".  The gas station, diner and photo opportunity attracts people every year.  Be sure and stop to make your own moment in history and sixty years from now, someone may be looking at your old photos....

Route 66 OK: Ghosts Along the Way

Called the "Mother Road", classic Route 66 still actively spans a lot of miles through Oklahoma, and the sights to be seen are often lovely and sometimes mysterious but always interesting.  This is the shell of an old rock gas station northeast of Arcadia.  It is believed to have been a Conoco Station in the 1920's and I found some people who said in the 1930's more than one gangster topped their tank at the old pumps and pulled a cold one from the soda chest out front.  All photos c Marilyn A. Hudson.

Kentucky : Shaker Villiage

The Shakers were a social religious group who emerged in the 1800's in England and America.  Wikipedia:"The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing is a religious sect, also known as the Shakers, founded in the 18th century in England, having branched off from a Quaker community. They were known as "Shaking Quakers" because of their ecstatic behavior during worship services. In 1747 women assumed leadership roles within the sect, notably Jane Wardley and Mother Ann Lee."  They were believers in a simple, sustainable lifestyle, devoted to constructive life.  
These images were taken at Pleasant Hill in Kentucky near Harrodsburg.
cMarilyn A. Hudson, 2002

cMarilyn A Hudson, 2002

c Marilyn A. Hudson, 2002

cMarilyn A.Hudson, 2002

cMarilyn A. Hudson, 2002

c Marilyn A. Hudson, 2002

c Marilyn A. Hudson, 2002

Sunday, July 26, 2015

McAlester (OK)

Known primarily as the location of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, the historic community of McAlester is today a fascinating community.  In many parts of Oklahoma the custom was to create larger footprints and occasionally rise several stories above the broad streets of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and other communities.

County Courthouse
In McAlester there is at work different approaches to the classic downtown. The emphasis appeared to be on smaller footprints but taller and more imposing structures.  The result is a city-scape that seems to lurk and sometimes loom over the steep and hilly downtown.  In places, they create dark canyons suggesting plans to recreate a Chicago or a New York amid the tree covered and mine rich terrain of the community.
Grand Avenue UMC
The Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, 1922- is one example of the spirit and structure of the city. The Pittsburgh County Courthouse. The Aldridge Hotel, 1929, has been recently renovated and serves as living space for seniors.  

Scottish Rite

The Scottish Rite Temple (a one time hospital). One has to stop and be in awe of the drive to create such massive, towering structures in the tree covered hills of southeastern Oklahoma. Luckily this structure is located near the public library and allows one to do so in safety.  Exploring the community and this down town area questions tug at the mind about the early city planners. What motivated them? Whose visions were expressed in stone and mortar?