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Stained Glass Researcher, Preservationist Speaks at OWU

April 18, 2001

DELAWARE, OHIO -- On Thursday, April 19, Professor Virginia Raguin of Holy Cross College will present a lecture titled "Study of the Past; Revival of the Art: Antiquarian Publication and Medieval Stained Glass" in Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building. The event, part of the Jarvis Stewart Lecture series, begins at 8 p.m. and is free to the public.

Raguin's presentation will focus on antiquarian and promotional publications of the late 18th and 19th centuries that influenced the conservation and revival of medieval art and architecture; in this case, stained glass.

"These illustrated volumes led the way towards an establishment of chronological developments for antiquarians, popular appreciation for the ancient monument, and a desire (and capacity) to replicate these works of art for the modern world," writes Raguin.

The Jarvis Stewart Lecture is named in honor of the late Jarvis Stewart, an artist and former OWU professor. The program is supported through an endowed fund.

On Friday, April 20, Raguin -- who is also Director of the Census of Stained Glass Windows in America -- will be on campus to promote the identification and preservation of stained glass windows in Delaware. A preliminary meeting for volunteers will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayley Room of Beeghly Library. Representatives from local churches are encouraged to attend.

The Census of Stained Glass Windows in America was founded in 1979 to "collect and disseminate, artistic, historical, and technical information on stained glass windows ... for educational and scientific purposes only, and to encourage their preservation." Though the program was originally intended to aid historians and other academics, it has also provided communities with a tool for preserving their heritage.

For more information, contact Professor Carol Neuman de Vegvar at 740-368-3603.