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Featured Windows, July 2003

First Congregational Church Windows

Building: First Congregational Church

City: Ann Arbor

State: Michigan

These two windows are among several windows at First Congregational Church that represent various scenes in American history.

The window above depicts President Abraham Lincoln delivering his Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, at the site of the Civil War battlefield.

This scene illustrates the story of Betsy Ross, sewing the new American flag, a design that had been approved by Congress on June 14, 1777.

Designed by Detroit architect Gordon W. Lloyd, the sanctuary of First Congregational Church was dedicated on May 10, 1876, the year of the nation's first centennial. Its Pilgrim Hall and Douglas Chapel, designed by Ralph Hammett of Ann Arbor, were completed in 1952. Whittemore Associates of Boston created the Abraham Lincoln and Betsy Ross Windows that same year.

First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor was registered in the Michigan Stained Glass Census by Ruth D. Jones of Ann Arbor.

(MSGC 1995.0071)

Text by Betty MacDowell, Michigan Stained Glass Census, July , 2003.