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Spring Candlelight Dinners - March 18 & 19 and April 22 & 23

The spring candlelight dinners at the John Kline house were held March 18 & 19 and April 22 & 23, 6 pm each evening. Participants witnessed the conversations of John Kline's family and friends during the reconstruction period of the spring of 1866, while actors come around the tables to recount their efforts to start anew after the Civil War ended nearly a year ago.

Spring Lecture - 5th and Final Lecture in the Civil War Sesquicentennial Series - May 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Theologian to Reflect on Brethren Faith during the Civil War
Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm delivered this year's John Kline Lecture on the topic of Brethren faith at the conclusion of the Civil War. 2015 marks the end of the Civil War, and Ottoni-Wilhelm will comment on the influence of that conflict on the Brethren.
The title of Ottoni-Wilhelm's talk was "Counting the Cost, Faith in the Future: Brethren at the End of the Civil War." She will describe how Brethren in 1865 felt about what they did and did not do during war, and how faith impacted Brethren hopes for the future.
Ottoni-Wilhelm (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Alvin F. Brightbill Professor of Preaching and Worship at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind. She has authored two books, Preaching the Gospel of Mark: Proclaiming the Power of God, which appeared in 2008, and the forthcoming Preaching the Reign of God: Voices of Jesus for the Church and World. Ottoni-Wilhelm is also a popular preacher in the Church of the Brethren.
The John Kline Homestead, Broadway, Va., sponsors the lecture series. This will be the fifth and last in a series of annual John Kline Lectures that commemorates the Civil War Sesquicentennial. John Kline was a Brethren minister from Broadway, Va., and a denominational leader who did much to preserve Brethren unity during the Civil War.

Candlelight Dinners - March 20 & 21 and April 17 & 18, 2015 at 6 pm

Proceeds from these dinners were delegated to the preservation of the John Kline Homestead

Remembering John Kline: 150 Anniversary  June 15 & 16, 2014.
June 15, and 16 the Homestead was alive with many activities commemorating and remembering the 150th anniversary of John Kline's life.
Annual John Kline Lecture:
This year’s John Kline Lecture discussed “The Martyrology of John Kline,” a timely topic during the 150th anniversary of his death. The speaker was be Carol A. Scheppard,on Sunday, April 6, 3:00 p.m., at the John Kline Homestead, Broadway, Va. Nineteenth-century refreshments were be served.
Candlelight Dinners:  November 15 & 16, December 20 & 21.
Guests heard the struggles of the family in the John Kline house during a 6 pm candlelight meal, as scenes of Virginia cavalry raids, high inflation and fleeing war refugees unfolded. 
Kline Homestead Annual Donor Dinner was held in October, 2013.
See photos of this event here.
Garden Party was held on September 15, 2013 at 4 pm:
Dedication of the new nineteenth-century kitchen garden, refreshments, shape-note singing. See photos of this event here.

Joe Glick crafted maple items from a branch that was felled during the 2012 derecho storm; they were sold during an online auction, to benefit the homestead : Click here to see more.

fruit bowl..maple container

Sunday, June 9 - John Kline Rider Picnic:

Sunday evening picnic at the Homestead was provided by the John Kline Riders who also coordinated the dedication of the Hitching Rail in honor of Emmert & Esther Bittinger.

See photos of this event here.
April 28, 2013 - John Kline Lecture:
Steve Longenecker, professor of history, Bridgewater College, spoke on "The Gettysburg Brethren."  After the lecture, light refreshments were served in the dining room and tours of the house and grounds given. 

March 15 & 16 and April 12 & 13, 6 pm -Candlelight Dinners
Those who participated experienced a glimpse of a family's commitment to being faithful during hard times: 1863 brings little Civil War action to the Shenandoah Valley, although battles at Gettysburg and Fredricksburg are not far off.  The drought of 1862 has reduced the field and garden productions.  Costs for daily staples and dry goods continue to rise.  Diptheria rages on among families.  John Kline is called frequently to treat the sick and the injured, and to perform many funerals.  Roving Confederate scouts keep families on edge. 

November 16 and 17 and December 14 and 15, 2012, - Candlelight Dinners

Candlelight Dinners in the John Kline house took place Nov. 16 & 17 and Dec. 14 & 15, 6 pm each night. 
Actors conversed around each table in the fall of 1862, sharing their concerns about the continuing war, the recent drought, and rampaging diphtheria while attendees enjoyed a family style meal and experienced the daily struggles and resilient faith of the family and neighbors of Elder John Kline. 

November 9, 2012, 6 p.m. - Donor Dinner

The John Kline Homestead Board of Directors recognized contributors at a Donor Dinner Friday, Nov. 9, 6 pm, at the Linville Creek Church of the Brethren.  The evening program included two reflections in support of preserving the Homestead.  Linda Waggy, who plays Elizabeth Kline Zigler (John Kline's older sister), shared why the portrayal of family and friends at the John Kline house in the 1850s is important.  Paul Wampler (Manassas, VA)  will offer his reasons for giving financial support to this Brethren historical site.  Also, a slide show remembered activities at the Homestead in the past year, and Board president Paul Roth offered a vision for the Homestead and invited donors to make contributions and pledges for the development of the property.

A birthday celebration was held at the John Kline Homestead at 223 East Springbrook Road, Broadway, Virginia (West side of Broadway High School) on Sunday, June 17, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Hand churned icecream and refreshments were served. Visitors were treated to a tour of the homestead, the kitchen garden and the herb garden, and an appearance by the John Kline Riders and their horses.

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April 14, 2012- 2012 John Kline Lecture on Antietam Meetinghouse

The nation’s leading expert on the Dunker Meetinghouse of the Antietam battlefield, Alann Schmidt, delivered the 2012 John Kline Lecture.  This lecture has recently been published by Brethren Life and Thought, the scholarly journal of the Church of the Brethren. The article, titled "Antietam's Dunker Church: Beacon of Peace," appears in the Fall, 2012, issue, pages 1-14.

Alann Schmidt is a Park Ranger and Museum Curator at Antietam National Battlefield, and the title of his talk was be "Beacon of Peace: Antietam's Dunker Church."

This was the second in a series of five annual John Kline Lectures that commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The event included a dinner.

Schmidt has worked at the Antietam National Battlefield since 2001. He has degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, Shippensburg University and Shepherd University. His special interest at the park is the history of the Dunker Church, and he hopes to finish soon a book on the subject.

The lecture series is named for Elder John Kline, an inspirational and legendary leader in Brethren history, and sponsored by the John Kline Homestead.

For additional information, contact Steve Longenecker at (540-828-5321) or Paul Roth at (540-421-5267) .