History 1901-1950

Memorial Parish Hall

1902–1935

  • The Rev. William Jackson Morton, Rector 

1909

  • Former parishioner, the Rev. Arthur Selden Lloyd consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of Virginia at Christ Church

1910

  • The Parish Aid Society established to raise funds for parish needs

July 28, 1914

  • World War I begins

1915

  • Original Christ Church gift shop established

1917

  • System of pew rents abolished in favor of voluntary pledging as way to finance Christ Church

1918

  • Christ Church parish hall is used as temporary hospital for influenza victims
  •  Mary Custis Lee, eldest daughter of Robert E. Lee, dies November 22 and leaves Christ Church $10,000 in her will

November 11, 1918

  • World War I ends

1921

  • Fourth organ, manufactured by Hillgreen Lane of Alliance, Ohio, and given as a gift from the Carnegie Foundation, installed

1923

  • Electricity installed

August 6, 1925

  • The Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, the core of Shrine Mont, was consecrated by the Rt. Rev. William Cabell Brown, D.D., Bishop of Virginia and dedicated to the memory of Bishop Gibson

1927

  • First Vacation Bible School held at Christ Church

1928

  • President Calvin Coolidge speaks at George Washington birthday service

1932

  • Christ Church celebrates 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth with year-long program of events

1935–1939

  • The Rev. Harry Lee Doll, Rector

1937

  • First Holy Table Cross placed in Christ Church

1939

  • World War II begins

1940–1944

  • The Rev. Edward Randolph Welles, Rector – period of great growth in size of congregation

January 1, 1942

  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill worship at Christ Church for National Day of Prayer following U.S. entry into World War II

1944–1959

  • The Rev. Braxton Bragg Comer Lile, Rector

1945

  • World War II ends

November 28, 1946

  • President Harry Truman and Mrs. Truman attend Thanksgiving service

1947

  • Christ Church ceased to charge tourists an admission fee to the church

1950–1951

  • Memorial Parish Hall Constructed

 

 

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