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 and Archives, in partnership with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale is currently preserving these records and making them available to the public. LEARN MORE >

Transcribe an 18th-Century Document

Catherine A. Brekus
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sarah Osborn was led a remarkable revival in 1760s Rhode Island that brought hundreds of people, including many slaves, to her house each week. Her extensive written record — encompassing issues ranging from the desire to be "born again" to a suspicion of capitalism — provides a unique vantage point from which to view the emergence of evangelicalism.

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This collection consists of the records of South Congregational Church. The church was founded originally as Memorial Church of Chicago, Illinois in 1871. The following year, it was changed to Forty Seventh Congregational Church.

Today we are very pleased to announce the publication of four new New England's Hidden Histories collections!

We have two new archival finding guides to ready for use. The collections they pertain to are small, but may contain treasures for the right researcher.


Necedah, Wisconsin was founded in the 1840s, from landed ceded from the United States government. The First Congregational Church of Necedah was founded in 1858 and joined with another Congregational church in Necedah in approximately 1870.