Friends of ACU Library to host spring banquet

Posted February 27, 2012

On March 5, the Friends of ACU Library will host their annual spring banquet, featuring speaker Dr. Richard Hughes. The evening will include a formal dinner and information on FACUL's current projects. Tickets are $35 a plate, or $280 to sponsor a table of eight people. FACUL membership is not required to attend the banquet.

Following the dinner, Hughes will speak on "Why We Must Take Our History Seriously; Why ACU is Crucial for that Task." Hughes holds a Ph.D. in the history of Christianity and has instructed at Pepperdine University, Southwest Missouri State University and Abilene Christian University. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Religion at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. His areas of expertise include the biblical vision of peace and justice, Christianity as it relates to America's self-understanding, the relationship between Christianity and higher education, the history of Christian primitivism in America, and the history of Churches of Christ in America. 

Proceeds from the dinner will support the purchase of the Joe Johnson Collection of American Christianity, a special collection housed in the Brown Library. The collection contains 2,610 books, 15,000 issues of 75 different periodicals, and 1,200 extremely rare pamphlets, letters and photographs, some from the first decade in the American Restoration Movement. Due to its rarity and excellent condition, the Johnson Collection enhances the ACU Library's already strong documentation of 19th- and 20th-century American religious history.

For ticket purchases, download the ticket order form or contact Donald Simpson at 325-674-4818 or email Visit the FACUL blog to learn more about the organization.