The Rector and members of The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Milton traveled to the Delaware Public Archives to present their original Consecration document to State Archivist Stephen Marz on June 5.

The document, which was signed by Delaware’s first Episcopal Bishop, the Right Rev. Dr. Alfred Lee on June 5, 1877, was accessioned into the state’s collection on its actual 140th anniversary.

“The Delaware Public Archives is incredibly honored to receive this important piece of The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist and Delaware’s history,” Marz said when presented with the document by Father Tom White. “We are glad to be a resource for the church to now safeguard this irreplaceable piece of Delaware’s rich history and make available to researchers now and in the future.”

The Consecration document previously was framed and hung on the wall in the parish hall of the church under less than optimal conditions for many years. After a member of the parish re-discovered the document and brought it to the vestry’s attention, they voted unanimously to hand it over to the State Archives to ensure care for the document in perpetuity.

“Many houses of worship and religious organizations have documents similar to this but just have no idea how to ensure its safe care for the future. The State Archives is a ready resource that is available to assist with the preservation of these important pieces of Delaware’s cultural and religious history,” Marz said.