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SJC Dimapur history students visit Impur

SJC Dimapur history students visit Impur
St. John College History students on their exposure visit to Impur.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/20/2018 12:32:50 AM IST
In an effort to explore firsthand information about the advent of Christianity in Nagaland, 5th semester honours students from the department of History of St. John College (SJC), Dimapur, visited Impur- the Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang’s (ABAM) mission centre on July 16 and 17. 
A press release from HoD History, St. John College Dimapur, Senkatoshi stated that the students were exposed to a treasure trove of the American Baptist missionaries’ relics at the Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang museum that houses a considerable number of things used by the early missionaries. 
Some of the materials includes a saddle, hand drilling machines, adjusting screw, pliers, wheel water puller, pulley chain, water filter, pump harmonic, keys, kettles, container, saucer and fork, nuts and bolts, megaphone (used for announcement), type writers, the first letter box of Mokokchung district, etc.
One of the interesting features of the ABAM museum is that it treasures things of the premier Naga missionaries’ like the Bible, overcoat, rod and staff, shoes, watch, etc. 
The present museum was then used as a school building built probably in 1907.
The students also accessed the library that stocked a number of rare books like the “Ao Naga Grammar” and “A Corner in India” by M .M. Clark, “Christianity in North East India” by Frederick Sheldon Downs, “Nokinketer Mungchen” (Abode of the Head hunters) by Rev. L Kijung Ao, “The American Missionaries and North East India, 1836-1900” by H.K. Barpujari, “A Philosophy for NEFA” and “The Nagas in the Nineteenth Century” by Verrier Elwin, etc.
Students also interacted with different people including one Rev. Dr. Mar, the executive secretary of ABAM, who appreciated and encouraged the interest of the students in the history of Christianity. 
Hinting a symbiotic relation between Christianity and Naga history, he said that to study the history of the Nagas without Christianity was an incomplete venture.
The Impur Mission Centre is the “brainchild” of Edward Winter Clark, and the word “Impur” was also coined by him, meaning “Son of the soil”. 
This mission centre was established in October 1894. Impur is located a few kilometres away from the district headquarter Mokokchung.
Assistant professors, department of History SJC HoD, Senkatoshi and Tianechitla, supervised the pupils’ touring the Impur Mission Centre.

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