Class Explores Korean Missionary Archival Materials at Special Collections & Archives

On Nov. 10, the Social and Political Changes in Korea class met at Wesleyan's Special Collections & Archives to examine archival materials on missionaries to Korea (and East Asia).

On Nov. 10, the Social and Political Changes in Korea class met at Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives to examine archival materials on missionaries in Korea and East Asia. Most Protestant missionaries in Korea came from America.

Students used the material to study the role of missionaries in the growth of Protestantism in Korea.

U.S. missionaries engaged in indirect missionary programs such as educational, medical, and social services.

Students also observed materials on Wesleyan alumnus Herbert Welsch, who spent some time in Korea (in the early 20th century) as a Methodist missionary.

Students also observed materials on Wesleyan alumnus Herbert Welch, from the class of 1887, who spent some time in Korea in the early 20th century as a Methodist missionary.

The class is taught by Joan Cho, the Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Korean Political Economy, assistant professor of government. 

The class is taught by Joan Cho, the Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Korean Political Economy, assistant professor of government (pictured in back).

The visit to Special Collections and Archives provided students with a multifaceted view on missionary activities, connected to Wesleyan’s history and the content of the course. "Students found value in utilizing and learning from these primary sources," Cho said. (Photos by Olivia Drake) 

The visit to Special Collections & Archives provided students with a multifaceted view on missionary activities, connected to Wesleyan’s history and the content of the course. Suzy Taraba, director of Special Collections & Archives, provided the publications for viewing.

 "Students found value in utilizing and learning from these primary sources," Cho said. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

“Students found value in utilizing and learning from these primary sources,” Cho said. (Photos by Olivia Drake)