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Choir, interdenominational church service, Portland, ca. 1954

Contributed by National Archives at Boston

The Religious Affairs Committee of the Maine Civil Defense organization initiated an interdenominational church service, perhaps the first such service in the state.

The service, held at the Eastland Hotel in Portland, was broadcast by First Radio Parish of Maine, located in the Eastland.

Rabbi David Berent, Father Jim Gower, the Rev. Elmer Bentley and Elder Voorhees were among the committee members who organized the service. Represented were Baptists, Episcopalians, Congregationalists, Seventh Day Adventists and Jewish worshippers.

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  • Title: Choir, interdenominational church service, Portland, ca. 1954
  • Creator: Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization.
  • Creation Date: circa 1954
  • Subject Date: circa 1954
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Local Code: ARC 824935, 07/06/12
  • Collection: Record Group 304: Records of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization; Civil Defense Photographs
  • Object Type: Image

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