Beacon Street Diary

April 4, 2007

April 6, 2007

The library will be closed in recognition of Good Friday.

April 13, 2007

Research 101 for Church Historians.

April 16, 2007

The library will be closed for Patriots' Day. Good luck to all those running the Marathon.

April 18, 2007

Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Special Collection of a Special Collector: S. Brainard Pratt, Bible Collector and Illuminator

Our own Associate Librarian, Claudette Newhall, will be presenting the history and highlights of Mr. Pratt's extensive collection, including some of his almost 300 Bibles from around the world, correspondence with celebrities of the late 19th century, and his work with the Guild of Bible Illuminators. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show.

April 23, 2007

Research 101 for Church Historians.


March 29, 2007

We now have officially fixed up our online registration for Research 101! You may register online. You may also pay online via PayPal, although using PayPal is not mandatory for the electronic registration. Those who have already contacted us are still signed up.

Click Here to register for Research 101 online.


March 28, 2007

Peggy BendrothOn April 14, Peggy Bendroth will speak on "Why Congregational History is Important". Her talk will take place from 11:00-12 noon as a part of the Church Historians' Workshop 2007.

This is an event of the Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ. The event will take place at the First Church of Windsor, 107 Palisado Ave., Windsor, CT 06095.

For further information, contact:
Evans Sealand
125 Sherman St.,
Hartford, CT 06105.

Toll free: 866.367.2822, or 860.233.5564 locally.

evanss@ctucc.org or visit their website.


March 27, 2007

CCHS Meeting: May 24, 2007 at Hancock Church, Lexington, MA. Tours of historic properties at 2:30. Lecture to follow at 3:30. All are welcome. Registration for event is $10.00.

CCHS Lecture Title: The New England Singing School and the Transformation of Congregationalist Praise, 1720-1800.

Stephen A. Marini is Elizabeth Luce Moore Professor of Christian Studies and Professor of American Religion and Ethics at Wellesley College. A specialist in colonial and early American religious culture, he has also been a frequent visiting professor on New England theological faculties including Harvard Divinity School, Andover Newton Theological School, and most recently Yale Divinity School/Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He is the author of three books, including "Radical Sects of Revolutionary New England" (Harvard University Press, 1982) and "Sacred Song in America: Religion, Music, and Public Culture" (University of Illinois Press, 2003).

Professor Marini is also the founder and singing master of Norumbega Harmony, Boston’s leading advocate of New England singing-school music. He is General Editor of the group’s recent tunebook, "The Norumbega Harmony: Historic and Contemporary Hymns and Anthems from the new England Singing School Tradition" (University Press of Mississippi, 2003) and has conducted the 25-voice choral ensemble’s performances on three CDs, including Sweet Seraphic Fire: New England Singing School Music from the Norumbega Harmony (New World Records, 2005).

Professor Marini is currently working on two book projects, both of them germane to today’s lecture, provisionally titled "The Mantle of Praise: Word and Music in American Protestant Culture" and "American Reformation: Religion in Revolutionary Society, 1750-17".


March 26, 2007

We thank the Newton Legacy Trust of the Central Congregational Church for approving our request for funds to assist us in continuing the work of the Congregational Library and in particular the funding of our online catalog. These funds will be used to increase the number of records cataloged and improve access to our books, pamphlets, manuscripts, church records, and images to clergy, lay persons, and researchers worldwide. It is with the help of generous grants like this one that we continue providing access to a major collection of Congregational and Christian history.

We also thank Joan Rosser, who attended one of our Research 101 Seminars, for bringing this wonderful fund to our attention.


March 21, 2007

See the post from the student who visited us on the SLA Blog.


March 20, 2007

Due to the kindness of our Japanese friends and visitors, we have acquired several books from Japan. Our student volunteer, Youngmi, is now cataloging these into our online catalog. We are fortunate to have Youngmi, who is fluent in Korean and Japanese. We will be creating a special space to shelve these books and any others we may be given.


March 19, 2007

I've been working to complete the section in US history related to the "Indians". I found a wealth of pamphlets published from the early to late 1800 regarding the condition and management of Indians. Numerous pamphlets and letters were published by the Indian Rights Association. One such pamphlet is "The Latest Studies on Indian Reservations" by J.B. Harrison and another is "Our Next Duty to the Indians" by James E. Rhoads, both published in 1887. We also have many reports, discourses and sermons from the Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Indians, and others, in North America. One of these sermons was preached November 8, 1817 in Chauncy-Place Church, Boston by John Foster and another was preached November 5, 1829 by Benjamin B. Wisner, pastor of Old South Church, Boston. Rev. Wisner's title was "The Proper Mode of Conducting Missions to the Heathen."  In his "Address on the Present Condition and Prospects of the Aboriginal Inhabitants of North America, with particular reference to the Seneca Nation, M. B. Pierce, a chief of the Seneca Nation and a member of Dartmouth College, speaks on the wrongs done to the Indian tribes and the land frauds perpetrated upon them.


March 12, 2007

The Rev. Richard H. Taylor (Rick) presents "Puritans in Rogues' Island: Fascinating Stories from Rhode Island Congregational and Christian History" on March 14 from noon to 1:00 PM at the Library. This lecture is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and join us.

Rick was born and raised in Patterson, NJ and is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School. He served as pastor in churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Rhode Island. He recently retired from Beneficient Congregational Church of Providence, RI. He is the Vice President of the Congregational Christian Historical Society. Rick has written four directories of living and extinct churches of the forerunner denominations of the United Church of Christ and is at work on a fifth book. He is well known as an historian, writer and speaker on Congregational and Christian history.

Rich has stories to tell about some unusual episodes in Congregational and Christian history. In the 17th century, Rhode Island was the so-called Southern California of New England, a refuse for heretics, dissenters, and religious innovators.

We look forward to seeing you March 14.


March 9, 2007

Yesterday we attended a seminar on the topic of Online Outreach given at the Boston Public Library. We now have a whole list of new ideas and actions to take to become more visible to our patrons thanks to Jennifer Koerber, the presenter of the seminar. One idea from our list was to create an entry for the Congregational Library in Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Our wonderful volunteer, Youngmi, offered to start a Wikipedia entry for us. Here's the link: The Congregational Library

We welcome your comments and edits to the entry. Watch this space for more developments in online outreach.


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