New Buffalo Township Library Event Calendar

Date: 4/24/2018
Time: 6:30 PM -
Title: The House of David
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Description: In 1903, Benjamin Purnell, a long-haired, bearded itinerant preacher, arrived in Benton Harbor. He and
his wife, Mary, established a religious colony called the House of David, which eventually grew to over
1,000 members from around the world. The charismatic Purnell called himself “a brother to Jesus,” and
members flocked in, handing over their wealth for the promise of everlasting life. The sect used this
wealth to build mansions, hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, factories and miniature railroads. Other
holdings included diamond and gold mines, an island in Lake Michigan, thousands of acres of farmland,
an Austrian resort, an art studio, orchestras, vaudeville acts and a famous bearded baseball team.
Presenter: Christopher Siriano, Founder and Director, House of David Museum, and author, The House
of David
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library 
Underwritten in part by the Pokagon Fund            269-469-2933