GRACE HISTORY

Grace Church was dedicated in 1820 when Harrisburg still had dirt roads and itinerant preachers. In 1897 when he Capital building burned down, Harrisburg almost lost its status as the capital city of Pennsylvania. The legislature wanted to move the government to Philadelphia. Grace Church offered their sanctuary for the legislature official use. All religious items and furnishings were removed, replace by desks, chairs and spittoons. They met here for over 5 months.

HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS
E. Irving Couse Mural
E. Irving Couse Mural

The Couse mural “Adoration of the Shepherds” was painted by commissioned artist E. Irving Couse in 1899 when he was only 33 years old. It was painted on a canvas and then transferred to the wall of the sanctuary. Several restorations and additions to the frame have taken place since then, but the original mural remains.

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Italian Marble
Italian Marble

The Italian marble pulpit, lectern, baptismal and alter have intricate antique wood carvings and mosaic inlays of Tiffany Glass. Donated in the early 1900's.

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Tiffany Glass
Tiffany Glass

Above the back balcony is “The Ascension” window made out of Tiffany glass. This was donated in 1903 by John Irving Beggs in loving memory of his wife, Sue Elizabeth Beggs.

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E. Irving Couse Mural
E. Irving Couse Mural

The Couse mural “Adoration of the Shepherds” was painted by commissioned artist E. Irving Couse in 1899 when he was only 33 years old. It was painted on a canvas and then transferred to the wall of the sanctuary. Several restorations and additions to the frame have taken place since then, but the original mural remains.

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