In 1881, Anna and Horatio Spafford led a small American contingent to Jerusalem to form a Christian utopian society known as the “American Colony.” During and immediately after World War I, the American Colony played a critical role in supporting the people of Jerusalem by running soup kitchens, hospitals, orphanages and other charitable ventures.
Though the religious community left in the 1940s, the Colony’s home was converted into a hotel where many meetings have been held, including some that led to the Oslo Peace Accord of 1993.
Though away from home, the members of the Colony celebrated Independence Day. The picture below shows the Colony’s pageant at the start of the 20th century.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday.