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Abbot, C. G. (1872-1973) to "Our Heroes Class," First Methodist Church

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.014 Author/Creator: Abbot, C. G. (1872-1973) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed letter signed Date: 8 November 1928 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writing to a Sunday school class, Abbot, an Astrophysicist and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, recounts an anecdote from his childhood in which a cobbler told him "the Kingdom of Heaven is within you." Abbot explains that Heaven is within you when you follow a "philosophy of happy life." This philosophy is characterized by study of the classics of human culture--such as the Bible, literature, music, and great paintings.

People: Abbot, Charles Greely, b. 1872.

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Philosophy, Museum, Education, Literature and Language Arts, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Music, Science and Technology

Sub Era: The Roaring Twenties