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We have a winner!

You may remember back in July when we announced the opening of our new digital exhibit "Moustaches, Muttonchops, and Beards" and invited you to spend some time getting to know a few of the most influential historic Congregationalists who happened to also sport noteworthy facial hair. We also invited you to vote for your favorite, and today I am pleased to announce our winner!

Joseph Ward portraitThe prize for Favorite Historic Congregational Figure with Superlative Facial Hair goes to Joseph Ward (1838-1889), pastor, missionary, and South Dakota state founder!

You can learn more about Rev. Ward's life story by visiting our exhibit. For a more in-depth introduction to the man, we have put together this short list of web resources: