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The Times
  • DCS alumni to present lectures on Helen Schloss, Shroud of Turin

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  • A special program has been organized by the Dolgeville Rotary Club for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, as part of the sixth annual Dolgeville Central School Alumni Reunion Weekend.
    The program in the school’s Carmadello Auditorium will begin with introductions by DCS Superintendent Christine Reynolds and Rotary Club President Carolyn Chavez and will continue with musical performances by DCS students and faculty and special presentations by Robert Albrecht, a member of the class of 1962, and L. David Pye, a member of the class of 1955.
    Albrecht’s presentation will be “A Fifteen Year Research Project: The Forgotten Life of Helen Schloss” and Pye will present a history of the Shroud of Turin, including its recent exhibition in Turin, Italy.
    An ice cream social will be provided after the program. For interested alumni, a tour of the school will begin at 4 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
    Schloss was a suffragist who became involved in a labor dispute in the city of Little Falls over a century ago. Albrecht’s interest and research on Schoss was triggered by a photograph of his grandmother, Johanna Albrecht, beside her winding machine in a Little Falls textile plant and by the Strike of 1912. After graduating from DCS, Albrecht attended Alfred University and University of Buffalo. His first and only job was at Alfred State College. Now in his 46th year of teaching, Albrecht is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the college’s Department of English and Humanities and a member of the SUNY Distinguished Academy. A resident of Little Falls, he remembers his DCS teachers and believes his preparation for career and life was outstanding.
    The Shroud of Turin is believed by millions to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. The cloth contains a full body image fully coincident with the known history of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. Pye’s interest in this archeological artifact evolved while he was a visiting professor at the University of Parma, Italy, which happened to coincide with the showing of the Shroud in 2010 in nearby Turin. He had previously been contacted by a major television network about the Shroud and the possible use of glass to create the image on the cloth by exposure to sunlight. His presentation will explore the mysteries and controversies surrounding the Shroud.
    Pye is dean and professor of glass science, emeritus, at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and is an honored teacher, scholar and researcher. A resident of Spruce Lake in the town of Salisbury, he presently serves as the founding editor of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science and is an aspiring stained glass artist.

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