Billy Sunday Collection Relocating To Reneker Museum
WINONA LAKE, IN – Grace College and Theological Seminary announced Thursday that the Billy Sunday Visitor’s Center collection will move to a new home in the Reneker Museum of Winona History, located in Westminster Hall of Grace College.
The building that previously housed the visitor’s center will be occupied by The Remnant Trust, a public educational foundation that archives and preserves rare historical documents. This collection of antiquities is loaned to colleges, universities, and other institutions for display and research by students, faculty, scholars and the general public.
These archives include significant works, including some of the first copies of the Magna Carta, early printings of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and one of only two existing copies of the ancient Book of Enoch. The Remnant Trust collections will be on public display at select times at Grace and will tour other universities around the country.
Dr. Ron Manahan, president of Grace College and Theological Seminary, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome The Remnant Trust to our community. This organization continues to protect original and first-edition historical documents while making them accessible for research and review. Grace is also proud to continue honoring Billy Sunday’s memory by giving the visitor’s center collection a new home within the Reneker Museum, one that will allow the museum to provide a more complete picture of Winona history.”
Dr. Dane A. Miller, founder and board member of Biomet Inc., serves on the board of directors for The Remnant Trust and echoed Dr. Manahan’s comments.
“I am delighted to bring our archives to Winona Lake and look forward to making a significant contribution to the community and the college with our presence,” said Miller.
Grace expects to reopen the Billy Sunday exhibit by May, and will also continue to provide scheduled tours of the nearby Billy Sunday home, which is still furnished exactly as Sunday’s widow, Helen “Ma” Sunday, left it.
The Remnant Trust plans to complete its move to Winona Lake by September.