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168 Years of Trinity Church

Who better to celebrate 168 years of history than Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham?

On May 29, Meacham will preach at Trinity’s Ascension Day service. In addition to commemorating the day that the day Jesus rose into heaven according to the Book of Acts, Ascension Day marks the anniversary of the consecration of Trinity Church in 1846. 

Meacham is a former Trinity vestryman and the author, most recently, of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller that was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion, his bestselling 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson.

Trinity’s 2013 Transformational Fellows, visiting from Zimbabwe, will also attend the service, and the 2014 Fellows will be announced.

The current church building is the third on the site. It was designed by Richard Upjohn, an architect who designed many churches along the Eastern seaboard in the 19th century. You can read a story about Upjohn here.

The iconic spire of the church, and the cross that sits atop it, has been a fixture of the New York skyline for 168 years, though it almost wasn’t. The vestry at the time wanted a weather vane installed, but Upjohn installed the cross and removed the scaffolding before the vestry could respond. You can read more about the controversy here.  

Click here to see a photo gallery of Trinity Church through the years.

The service will take place at 6:30pm and will be webcast. 

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