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. 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.
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Transcribe an 18th-Century Document

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Thursday, April 11, 2019
David M. Powers

What did people on the Massachusetts frontier hear from their minister when they gathered for weekly worship each Sunday in the 1640s? What were the most important issues in the community of Springfield in its first decade? And what concerned their minister?

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 4 p.m., the Library will host author David M. Powers, who while doing research for his biography of William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield, was able to decode two sets of notes taken in 1640....

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We are excited to announce the arrival of newly digitized documents in our New England's Hidden Histories program, brought to you in partnership with the historic

These new collections in our New England's Hidden Histories program are provided in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program come from our project partners, the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

These new additions to our New England Hidden Histories program are provided in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.