New England's Hidden Histories

Congregational church records are an unparalleled source of information about the religious activities of the early colonists, and about many other aspects of early American life as well.
The Congregational Library, in partnership with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale is currentlypreserving these records and making them available to the public. LEARN MORE >

Transcribe an 18th-Century Document

portait of Paul Revere (1768) by John Singleton Copley
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Three Lives in Colonial Boston – Seamstress, Potter, and Pewtersmith" Join archaeologist Ellen Berkland for a look at artifacts discovered during the "Big Dig".

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Richard H. Taylor is a religious history scholar who specializes in documenting the histories of churches in the Congregational and Christian traditions. His regional and denominational volumes of church "genealogies" are among our most frequently used reference books.

Hot on the heels of last week's New York Times article, we are very pleased to announce the availability of two new collections in our

Read a fascinating account of our Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth, and Oklahoma State's Jeff Cooper in the field for our New England's Hidden Histories program.

First Congregational Church of Haverhill has a long, rich history dating back to 1645. After the congregation was disbanded in 2010, its records were placed into our care, and we now hope that researchers will find them as interesting as we do.