Beacon Street Diary

November 27, 2006

Here are a few titles we recently purchased that do not circulate. Researchers are welcome to use these in the Library.

Backus, Azel. Sermons on Important Subjects. Rev. Backus (1765-1817) was the first president of Hamilton College and a Congregational clergyman. A graduate of Yale, he was installed as pastor of the Congregational Church in Bethlehem, Connecticut in 1791. This book includes a sketch of the life of the author and thirty-one of his sermons.

Day, Hartley W. The One Line Psalmist, in Day and Beal's Sight Singing Method; containing a Great Variety of the Best Church Music, Original and Selected. Day was the president and first professor in the Boston Phonographic Musical Institution. This work uses a numeral tablature system instead of staff and notes.

Rowe. John F. and G. W. Rice, eds. Biographical Sketch and Writings of Elder Benjamin Franklin. This Benjamin Franklin (1812-1878) was a distant relative of the colonial patriot Benjamin Franklin. Elder Franklin was a Restoration movement minister and the founder of The American Christian Review.


November 22, 2006

We hope that you will all be enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have many things to be thankful for especially our wonderful supporters who have provided and continue to provide funds for us to continue the important work of the Congregational Library.


In your mail you'll be receiving a fundraising request. Please be as generous as you can. If you aren't on our mailing list, please consider donating. You can now donate through our website.


Thank you for your support throughout the year.










November 16, 2006

We hope that you have received your Fall 2006 edition of the Bulletin. This is a "Books and Reading" issue. Let us know what you think about the books reviewed. Included in this issue is "A Brief History of the Congregational Library, London".

Happy reading! Womanreads01


November 13, 2006

Pilgrims_meet_indiansStop in and see our new exhibits featuring Pilgrims and Puritans. We've also displayed Thanksgiving Proclamations from the Governors of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Our displays are designed and created by Simmons College GSLIS student volunteer, Sandy Nawrocki. 


October 27, 2006

Another successful seminar was held on October 25. We hosted 11 participants from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Our next Research 101 will be held in the spring. Please contact Jessica: jsteytler@14beacon.org if you are interested in future seminars.

Participants in the Research Seminar received our two new publications: "Preserving Your Local Heritage : a guide for church historians" and "Records Management for Local Churches." Both are available for downloading from our website.

If you have ideas or recommendations for future seminars, please contact us at info@14beacon.org.


October 23, 2006

Today is the first day of our Donate page as an active feature. This should make contributing to our cause and registering for events much easier!


October 20, 2006

Last Wednesday we had 8 visitors (1 from Connecticut and the rest from Massachusetts) to learn about various aspects of keeping church records. We had a very lively group and they asked a lot of great questions. There's nothing like good interactions with the participants to make a seminar more exciting.
We will be having our second session this coming Wednesday. Unfortunately for the folks who called in late this week, but great for us: We've sold this one out, plus one. Clearly, there's still interest in this topic.

A new section of this seminar has been a records management discussion. The library staff and some board members have helped me create a guideline that's designed for Congregational churches. It's available by request in hardcopy from the library and it's on our website.


October 16, 2006

Did you happen to notice that the picture of Diane Kessler of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, a tenant at 14 Beacon, was taken in our reading room? Sunday, October 15, 2006, Globe Magazine.


October 13, 2006

Peggy Bendroth's talk about "Children, Family Values, and the Congregational Way" was attended by 30 people yesterday. Some interesting tidbits I learned was that Horace Bushnell's work with churches and Sunday schools had a profound effect on the way in which Americans viewed child rearing. The concept of always being extra nice and polite was one of the cornerstones of his work. Peggy further explained that the problems that people feel we are facing these days in regard to how much time there is for family and kids has been at the forefront of our culture's concerns since the mid 19th century.

The afternoon roundtable panelists included Rabbi Debbie Cantor and Jane Smith to discuss the topics of conversation in relation to Judaism and Islam, respectively.

There has been a significant number of people interested in having Peggy give this talk again. If you are one of these people, please contact her.

The following is picture taken during the main talk with one of our board members, Susannah Baker, introducing Peggy (in green). Veteran board member, Arvel Steece sits opposite Peggy. Click on the image for a larger view.

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October 12, 2006

Recently we've hosted a number of tours, seminars and visitors. The Simmons College student chapter of the Special Library Association came for a tour two weeks ago. The group visit was arranged by one of our former student interns, Annika Diedericks. Last week we hosted a large group of staff members from our neighbors, the Boston Athenaeum. They brought with them a design drawing of a concept for our Reading Room from their collection. It was amazing to see the similarities and differences in the current Reading Room design. We will be making a return visit to their library soon. Also Beth Nordbeck had arranged for a short seminar for one of her classes on how to use our collections and what we might have here to assist in writing research papers on Congregationalism. Yesterday, we had a lovely visit from Rev. Digby James and his lovely wife, Marianne. Dr. James is associated with the Congregational Library in London and was traveling in the US collecting research on George Whitefield.

If you are in Boston or coming to Boston, we'd enjoying having you stop in. If you have a group that you think would enjoy or benefit from a tour or seminar, please contact us at 617-523-0470 or email Claudette cnewhall@14beacon.org. We have two seminars coming up on October 18 and 25. Please see our website for details and registration.


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