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Pair will trace path of the Protestant Reformation to the Scottdale area

Mary Pickels
| Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 8:57 p.m.
Martin Luther with his '95 Theses.'
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Martin Luther with his '95 Theses.'
Public statue of Martin Luther in Wittenberg, Germany.
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Public statue of Martin Luther in Wittenberg, Germany.

As a way of marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which will be observed on Oct. 31, West Overton Village will host a pair of speakers this month who will share the Reformation's story through the years, as well as its relation to Scottdale.

Augustinian monk and university lecturer Martin Luther authored "The 95 Theses," sparking the Protestant Reformation.

According to a West Overton Village release, the creation of the printing press, new versions of the Bible, and migration of religious groups out of Europe and into America led the Mennonites to Western Pennsylvania, including to West Overton Village.

Local residents Jack and Ruth Scott will review that history at 2 p.m. Sept. 24.

The two are well-learned on the subject, having devoted many years of research to German history.

Jack Scott has spent more than 40 years working with booksellers and publishers, most recently traveling the world teaching in schools and counseling small businesses.

West Overton members know him as director of the historical musicals the Heritage Singers and Players presented in the museum's basement.

Ruth Scott, who grew up in and was educated in Germany, has taught German for 25 years at Connellsville Area Senior High School.

The couple plans to spend a portion of 2018 in Germany, teaching German to Syrian refugees.

Tickets are available for a $5 donation.

Details: 724-887-7910 or westovertonvillage.org/events .

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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