KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | September 2015

Discovering the New Visitor Center

By Chantal and Jemima Klingbeil

I asked my daughter, Jemima, a KidsView reader, to give you an idea of what you might see at the new Ellen G. White Estate Visitor’s Center.

—Chantal Klingbeil

The Ellen G. White Estate Visitor Center is an awesome place to visit. When I first entered the reception room, I was truly amazed. The walls are covered with quotes from Ellen White.

After that, I went into the first room of the visitor center, which contains a movie that introduces you to Ellen White. An interesting fact about this room is that the wood on the walls was taken from a real barn and is more than 100 years old. It even smells like an old barn! 

When I walked out of the room, I came to a hall that has a large map of Portland, Maine, which is one place Mrs. White lived. The map has little notes on it showing where events happened to her when she was a child. 

Then I rounded the corner and discovered an old pump organ that has recordings of some hymns that Mrs. White liked. With the push of a button, it plays by itself! I enjoyed that! 

As I moved on I came to a long time line of events beginning from just before Mrs. White was born until her death in 1915. The time line shows what was going on in the world, her life, and the church. Her life was wonderful and exciting, though sometimes it was filled with grief. 

There are lots of other things to see, and electronics to check out. I came to the main centerpiece: “Christ of the Narrow Way,” a painting by Elfred Lee (see part of this painting above). The painting is big, covering an entire wall. It shows Mrs. White’s first vision of people walking on a narrow path. The picture is also used as a sound and light show. It was super-cool! I learned that Mrs. White was not only a prophet, but also a real person and had times when she felt happy or sad. It shows me how much Jesus loves us no matter what, and that we can all be missionaries for Him.