Cameron Harrison Allen, J.D., is a retired law librarian at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, N.J., and has been a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists since 1962. In addition to researching and publishing articles on the Soblets, Chastains, and other Huguenot families over four decades, he has been a contributing editor to The American Genealogist and a popular lecturer at genealogy conferences.
Meticulously researched, A History of the American Pro-Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Paris, 18151980 delivers an impressive narrative on each period of growth and development within this church. Beginning with the American Episcopal Churchs need to serve Americans living in Paris, author Cameron Allen traces the development of the foundational congregation, the building of the first church, and its organization over the years.
Allen draws on diary entries, church documents, and other primary sources to reveal the personalities behind church leaders, including W. O. Lamson, who formally established the church, the pivotal role of J. P. Morgan, organist L. K. Whipp, and German Colonel Rudolf Damrath, a Lutheran minister who took over during the German Occupation of France during World War II. In addition, he discusses the churchs role during major historical events and its present needs.
This inspiring, well-written history provides an excellent resource for current and past church members, rectory libraries, and historians.