What’s In A Name?: The Legacy of Ed Christman

Special Collections & Archives Exhibit

What's In A Name?: The Legacy of Ed Christman

December 7, 2015 – March 28, 2016
Special Collections & Archives Research Room (ZSR 625)
Curated by Stephanie Bennett, Rebecca Petersen May

Edgar D. Christman joined the Wake Forest community in 1947, when he enrolled at a college that he had never seen. Christman remained with Wake Forest from then on, leaving only to earn masters degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. In his chaplaincy, spanning from 1969 to 2003, Christman was renown for serving all students and performing in various campus productions as well as at freshman orientation, where he delivered an annual “What’s in a Name” speech and later portrayed Samuel Wait for incoming freshmen. This exhibit, using images and items donated by the Christman family and created by Ed, will celebrate his legacy and the fruits of his labor at Mother So Dear.