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New Donations to Antiochian Heritage Museum

Carol and Paul Swydan present their donation to museum curator Julia Ritter; November 2010.Carol and Paul Swydan present their donation to museum curator Julia Ritter; November 2010.The Antiochian Heritage Museum expresses special thanks to three families who recently presented donations to the Museum’s permanent collection:

Carol and Paul Swydan of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts visited the Antiochian Village this past weekend, bringing with them two wooden trays of Arabic lead type, and framed pages from a 1935 issue of the weekly newspaper “Al-Hurriat/The Liberty,” which was published in both English and Arabic by Paul’s grandfather, Shokri Swydan, in Worcester, Massachusetts. The title of the featured newspaper article reads, “The History of the Church of Antioch – Chapter 3.” (See photo.)

This summer, Patricia and Stephan Rudawski of Pflugerville, Texas organized a donation for the museum - a treasure trove of items from the Nahas family heritage, such as books, vestments, photographs and liturgical items which belonged to Patricia’s grandfather, V. Rev. Nicholas A. Nahas. The donation includes a beautiful framed Epitaphios, its edges hand-embroidered by his wife, Kh. Anna Nahas circa 1940.

Corgette and John Troutman of Newcastle, Pennsylvania recently brought to the museum items that belonged to Corgette’s father, Albert Joseph, of Newcastle, PA, including two sets of elegant Middle Eastern clothing which had been presented to Mr. Joseph by the King of Saudi Arabia, and a small travelling case full of sample Arabic records which he would bring to church picnics so that people could listen to the music, and order their favorite records from him (before the days of the digital download!).

Thanks to the generosity of these and other families, the rich artistic, cultural and spiritual heritage of the Antiochian people - and the Orthodox Church - may continue to be preserved and presented to the public at our Museum for generations to come. For further information, please contact museum curator Julia Ritter: