Orig. pub. Savannah 1902. Reprinted 1972, 1996, 1999. 150 pp., illus. Item #40
Bethesda, in Savannah, Georgia, was the first orphanage in the United States and was established by the Rev. George Whitefield, a Methodist evangelist. At Whitefield's death, the orphanage passed through a period of trusteeship and ultimately to the state, under whose sponsorship it declined. The Union Society of Savannah reestablished Bethesda in the 19th century. This short history also deals with the character of Whitefield and the phases of his life which pertained to his Bethesda project.