Perry, Roses 1993-01-26

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Roses Perry discusses her involvement with the Unitarian Church, her role in establishing a Unitarian Church in Dallas, and the growth of the Unitarian Institutes.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: January 26, 1993

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: January 26, 1993

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Roses Perry, Born: Louisiana, Transcendental studies, Emerson’s essays, Intrigue by the Unitarian Church, First impressions, Personal beliefs, Parents’ beliefs, Joined the Unitarian Church, Marriage (1937), To Akron, left, Reasons, Racism, Lack of culture, To Dallas (1935), Dallas, Texas, Lack of a Unitarian Church, Establishment of a Unitarian Church (1938), Dallas Unitarian Church, First minister, Ken Gassner (1938-1941), Characteristics, Location, Scott Hall, Gassner (again), Bob Rabel, Unitarian Church, National expansion (late 1930s), Von Stilly, Gassner (again), Characteristics, Wife, Unitarian Church (again), Growth, Spring Institutes, Perry (again), Unitarian Institute (1939), Growth.

Tape 1, Side 2: Unitarian Institutes, Campsites, Ardmore, Oklahoma, Lake Texhoma, Gassner (again), Unitarian Institutes (again), Members’ enthusiasm, Current problems, Southwestern Institute, Location changes, To Arkansas (1954-1955), Focus on family, Housing, Separate quarters for men and women, Harry Hellar’s objections, Travesty of "Dante’s Inferno", Performers, Harry Hellar (again), Ann Orr, Women, Roles, Changes, Activities.

Tape 2, Side 1: Unitarian Church, Young ministers, Men, Women, Marge Montgomery, Early documentation, Perry (again), Husband, Involvement with the Unitarian Church, Unitarian Church (again), Spin-off groups, Reverend Wilks, Financial problems (early 1960s), Consolidation, Shreveport, Louisiana controversy, Russell Lockwood, International Association for Religious Freedoms, Unitarian Church (again), Expansion, Dallas Unitarian Church, Problems, Ministers.

Tape 2, Side 2: Frederick May Elliot, Unitarian Church (again), Dallas Unitarian Church, "Step-child" image, Promotion of Unitarianism, Southwest Conference, Dallas Area Memorial Society (1965), Social Action Clearing House, Institutes, Perry (again).

Range Dates: 1930s-1983

Bulk Dates: 1937-1965

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