MICDS Presents Rev. Earl Holt Lecture on The Forgotten Legacy of the Eliots of St. Louis

Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), together with the Missouri History Museum, will present the Eliot Lecture featuring Rev. Earl K. Holt III on Thursday, March 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the History Museum’s MacDermott Grand Hall. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Rev. Holt, co-founder of the T.S. Eliot Society and author of William Greenleaf Eliot: Conservative Radical, will discuss the legacy of the Eliot family in St. Louis. William Greenleaf Eliot, founder and chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis in the 19th century, was also the founder of Mary Institute in 1859 (the school was named for his daughter Mary Rhodes Eliot). The lecture is being held as part of the School’s Sesquicentennial celebration.

Rev. Holt is Minister Emeritus of the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, originally founded in 1835 as the Church of the Messiah under the ministry of William Greenleaf Eliot. He served as Minister of the church from 1974 to 2001, when he accepted a call to historic King’s Chapel in Boston, the oldest Anglican Church in New England that became the first Unitarian Church in America.

In 1985, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the St. Louis church, Holt published a book of biographical essays entitled William Greenleaf Eliot: Conservative Radical. He was also among the early founders of the international T.S. Eliot Society in the 1980s and read excepts from his poetry at ceremonies marking the issuance of the T. S. Eliot postage stamp in 1988. He has published and lectured widely on the poet and other notables from the Eliot family, which he has called “the First Family of American Unitarianism.”

Rev. Holt is a graduate of Brown University and the Starr King School for the Ministry, a seminary within the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He retired from King’s Chapel in 2009.

For more information about the Eliot Lecture, contact the MICDS Alumni & Development Office at 314.995.7312.

Founded in 1859, MICDS is a nonprofit, independent, preparatory school for students in grades junior kindergarten through twelve, offering non-sectarian education to qualified students regardless of national origin, race or religion. MICDS is today regarded as one of the nation’s leaders in independent education.

Contact:  Dave Nowak, Director of Communications & Marketing, MICDS, 314.995.7373

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