W17-1745.50. Yokohama Union Church. Records, 1992-2004. 1 folder.

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Japan’s first Protestant church, and first English-speaking church, was founded in 1872 by Dr. and Mrs. James Hepburn after the opening of the port to foreigners. The Hepburns also wrote a Japanese-English dictionary, translated the Bible into Japanese, and established three churches and two colleges. Union Church was organized by Rev. J. H. Ballagh, Rev. S. Brown, and eleven persons who met in Hepburn’s dispensary. The collection contains materials written and assembled by Rev. Delbert Vander Haar to document the history of the Yokohama Union Church celebration in 1992 and follow up history until 2004. (Y)


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