Short History of Trinity Church Ashland

1890s

On May 3, 1894 the cornerstone was laid for the current sanctuary. The first service in the completed church took place on September 22, 1895.

The brass altar cross was presented as a memorial gift to the church in 1899. Also in 1899, the church bell was installed. That bell still rings a call to services today.

1900s

The church was consecrated in 1900 by the Bishop of Oregon, the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Wistar Morris.

In 1905 the church purchased a Lucido marble baptismal font which is still in use today. The marble was hand carved by the then Senior Warden of the parish.

1910s

A small parish hall was built in 1911. The parish hall was later repositioned to allow the construction of the classroom wing of the parish. The parish hall was significantly renovated in 2004.

The brass processional cross in use today was given to the church in 1918 in memory of a nineteen year old serviceman killed in action in France during World War I.

1930s

In 1937, the Rev. Charles Guilbert became the first Trinity priest to receive a salary from the parish.

1950s – Present

In the early 1950s, the sanctuary was dramatically expanded. The modifications were designed by Jack A. Edison of Medford, the same architect who designed the OSF Elizabethan theatre stage house.

A custom built tracker organ built by the Karl Wilhelm firm of Mt. St. Hilaire, Quebec was installed in 1979.

The Rev. Anne Bartlett, the first woman to serve as senior pastor to any Ashland denominations, became rector of Trinity in 2000.

In 2004, the Trinity Garden was inaugurated with its Labyrinth, Sacred Ground and Columbarium.

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