Photographs from the Berea Children's Home collage

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In 1864, the German Methodist Episcopal Church founded the German Methodist Orphan Asylum to shelter Civil War orphans. Known today as Guidestone, but for many years as the Berea Children's Home, this private, not-for-profit, charitable organization serves children and youth needing specialized therapeutic programs. These 100 photographs from the Berea Children's Home and Berea Historical Society document the home's first 100 years of caring for neglected, dependent and abandoned children.

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Special thanks to Jan Harlamert, Historian at the Berea Children's Home, volunteer at the Berea Historical Society, and an invaluable resource at both.