Academic journal article The Hymn

Joyous Event at the Old Rugged Cross Church

Academic journal article The Hymn

Joyous Event at the Old Rugged Cross Church

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Our thanks to Marta Dodd of The Old Rugged Cross Foundation (ORCF) for the following news:

On Saturday, July 18, approximately 100 guests witnessed the first wedding in more than 90 years in The Original Old Rugged Cross (ORC) Church in Pokagon, Mich. The church where the hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" was first sung publicly in its entirety in 1913 was the only wedding venue Scott Bostwick of Elkhart, Ind., and Anne Wadzinski of Edwardsburg, Mich., seriously considered, even though the historic structure is far from fully restored. Both the bride and groom have family ties to the church; Scott's greatgranduncle was pastor of the then-First Methodist Episcopal Church of Pokagon when the hymn was debuted there in 1913.

The Original Old Rugged Cross Church was built as a hops barn in the 1860s. It had other uses before being remodeled into the First Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1870s. The congregation sold the building in 1915, shortly after the hymn's debut and moved across the street to what is now the Pokagon United Methodist Church. …

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