cover image for "Verily, Verily"
Monday, April 11, 2011
Speaker: Jon M. Sweeney

"Verily, Verily, I Say Unto You: Remember the Virtues of the King James Bible Lo These Last 400 Years"

Jon M. Sweeney, author of the just-published Verily, Verily: the KJV -- 400 Years of Influence and Beauty...

David Hall
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Speaker: David D. Hall

Karl Giberson
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Speaker: Karl Giberson

cover image for "Martyrs' Mirror"
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Speaker: Adrian Weimer

How did the New England Puritans think about themselves? Today many people remember them for intolerance -- for witch-burning and bloody conflicts with Native Americans. Yet, as Adrian Weimer argues in her important new book,...

cover image for "First Founders"
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Speaker: Francis J. Bremer

First Founders re-introduces us to the New England Puritans as surprisingly diverse and dynamic group of people. The keenly drawn portraits in Francis Bremer's new book include some familiar figures — John Winthrop and Anne Hutchinson — but also some lesser-known but fascinating "strong women" and magistrates, merchants and Native Americans, the orthodox and the not-so-orthodox. First Founders demonstrates the great variety of life throughout colonial New England and traces...

Steve Courtney
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Speaker: Steve Courtney

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Speaker: Ken Minkema

Jonathan Edwards wrote some of the most brilliant books of his time — but the actual production of those books from start to finish was a huge achievement, too. How did an eighteenth-century Congregational pastor, living in the wilds of western Massachusetts, get the paper, the writing space, the library, and the right contacts with publishers in order to become an internationally known author?

cover image for "Mainline Christianity"
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Speaker: Jason Lantzer

Professor Jason Lantzer, author of "Mainline Christianity: The Past and Future of America's Majority Faith", will share his findings about the past, present, and future of Mainline Protestant denominations.

Sunday, November 4, 2012
Speaker: Francis Bremer

The story of the controversy in Boston's First Church — and the formation of the Third (or Old South) Church in 1669 — is usually told as a clash of personalities, but noted historian Francis Bremer say we may be looking at it all wrong. What else does he have to say about this contentious time in Boston's history?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Speaker: Jessica Steytler

Our popular records management class is back! If you're in need of a little advice to help take care of your church's past, present, and future, we hope you'll be able to attend.

cover image for "The Indian Great Awakening"
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Speaker: Linford Fisher

Linford Fisher, Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, will talk about his research on colonial America, the Atlantic World, and American Indians done for his book, "The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America". Fisher will share the story of the New England Indians' attempts to grapple with the realities of colonialism between the 1670s and 1820.

cover image for "Towards World Heritage"
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Speaker: Melanie Hall

Professor Melanie Hall, Director of Museum Studies at Boston University, will speak on how her research at the Congregational Library contributes in her work and teaching. Her topic, Towards World Heritage: a Boston Congregationalist tour to Britain in the 1890s and the preservation of Anglo-American sites will enlighten preservation buffs.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Speaker: Richard Boles

"Early African Americans in Congregational, Reformed, and Presbyterian Churches" — Join scholar Richard Boles for a discussion of African American affiliation with northern churches during the eighteenth century. What accounts for the differences between their relationships with prominent denominations of the time and what does this information suggest about the histories of enslaved and free blacks in the North?

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Speaker: Stephen Berry

"God and Eighteenth-Century Seafarers" — Join Dr. Stephen Berry for a look at the social and spiritual lives of trans-Atlantic travelers during the 1700s. Find out how they interacted, and how they influenced each other across lines of religion and class.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Speaker: Joy Howard

Join Joy Howard for a talk on the life story of Rebecca Kellogg, a young English girl who grew up to become an integral part of the Mohawk community in the early 18th century. She was an interpreter for both Jonathan Edwards and Gideon Hawley, and lauded by both.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Speaker: Amy Voorhees

"Practice, Polity, Profession" — Join this year's ACA-Boston Athenaeum fellow, Dr. Amy Voorhees, for a discussion of her research about Mary Baker Eddy, her early life as a Congregationalist, and the founding of the Christian Science church. PLEASE NOTE: The date for this event has changed.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Speaker: Wilfred Holton

This summer, the much anticipated Puritan Path will be unveiled in the "other" Boston, that is, the U.K. town after which Boston, Massachusetts is named. Join Wilfred Holton, President of The Partnership of the Historic Bostons for an insider's perspective on the project and on the festive opening ceremony taking place in July.

portrait of Cotton Mather
Friday, October 18, 2013

Often caricatured or forgotten, Cotton Mather is one of the most misunderstood and fascinating figures in American history. To commemorate the 350th anniversary of his birth, the Congregational Library & Archives will host a symposium exploring new ideas and revisiting familiar themes around this important figure.

Michelle Marchetti Coughlin
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Speaker: Michelle Marchetti Coughlin

Join us for a discussion with Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, author of "One Colonial Woman's World". This book reconstructs the life of Mehetabel Chandler Coit, the author of what may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Speaker: Peggy Bendroth

Join our resident historian, Peggy Bendroth, for a chat about the 1913 Kansas City Statement of Faith. It was adopted at the meeting of the National Council of Congregational Churches in that year "to affirm traditional congregationalist principles in a form that would meet the needs of the new century."

cover image of "A Space for Faith" by Paul Wainwright
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Speaker: Paul Wainwright

Join award-winning photographer Paul Wainwright for a special presentation of his series of work examining New England's classic churches, the spiritual and secular centers of their communities. Paul will talk about his own leap of faith through his photographs and the stories behind them.

portrait of Albert Luthuli
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Speaker: Scott Couper

"Bound by Faith" -- Albert Luthuli was an African freedom fighter, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a Congregationalist. Join author Scott Couper to learn about the history of this courageous man and his work at Inanda Seminary in South Africa under Apartheid.

"St. Francis" (1898) by Albert Chevallier Tayler
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Speaker: Patricia Appelbaum

"St. Francis of Assisi in American Spirituality" -- Join scholar Patricia Appelbaum for a discussion of how a Medieval Catholic saint became so popular among Protestants and in popular culture.

photographs scattered over a photo album and table
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Speakers: CLA archivists

The theme for this year's Preservation Week is "Pass it on." If you have pictures you want to pass on to the next generation, we can help.

Join our archival staff for a hands-on workshop about preserving your photographs. Whether they're film prints or digital files, we have tips to help you ensure that your pictures are in good shape to...

the restored Council Chamber in the Old State House
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Speaker: Nathaniel Sheidley

Join historian Nathaniel Sheidley for a look at the restoration of the most important room in Boston's Old State House.

portrait of Increase Mather (1688) by Joan van der Spriet
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Speaker: Linda Johnson

"The Portrait of Increase Mather" -- Join scholar Linda Johnson for a look at portraiture in early Puritan culture, with a focus on the imagery contained in a famous painting of theologian Increase Mather.

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

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

Pilgrims Landing by Edward Percy Moran
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Speaker: Peggy Bendroth

Join Peggy Bendroth, the library's Executive Director and author of "The Spiritual Practice of Remembering", in a conversation about the past and its importance for people today.

photo of Chuck Harper
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Speaker: Charles H. Harper

Join us for an hour of poetry and discussion with Charles H. Harper. Chuck is a local theologian, teacher, and widely published poet who "invite[s] the audience into the conversation."

Dr. Peggy Bendroth
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Speaker: Peggy Bendroth

What is Congregationalism and who are Congregationalists? To find these answers we look back into the history of this influential spiritual tradition whose roots so many Americans share. Join historian Peggy Bendroth for an overview of the Congregational Christian tradition, from its beginning to the present-day.

The Adoration of the Magi (ca. 1518) by Raphael
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Musicians: John Tyson, Miyuki Tsurtani, and ensemble

Join us for a live concert featuring recorder, harpsichord, and an ensemble from the New England Conservatory.

Catherine A. Brekus
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Speaker: Catherine Brekus

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.

statue of Roger Williams in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the US Capitol Building
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Speaker: Linford Fisher

Near the end of his life, Roger Williams scrawled an encrypted essay in the margins of a colonial-era book. For more than 300 years those shorthand notes remained undecipherable until a team of Brown undergraduates cracked the code. Come hear the story of what turned out to be Roger William's final treatise.

The Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, CT
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Speaker: John Putnam Demos

During the wave of missionary conversion in the 19th century, many Protestant ministers in the United States pushed to educate and "civilize" the native peoples of North America and beyond. A school born with the ideal of universal "salvation" plummeted into a controversy that exposed American racial attitudes and set off a chain of events that lead to the Trail of Tears.

portrait of Judith Sargent Murray
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Speaker: Bonnie Hurd Smith

An Eighteenth-Century Intellectual, Universalist, and Champion of Women's Rights

Judith Sargent Murray was an essayist, poet, and playwright. She was among America's earliest champions of female equality, education, economic independence, and political engagement. Join us and scholar Bonnie Hurd Smith for a discussion of Murray's fascinating life and works.

shape-note musical notation
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Speaker: Stephen Marini

Sacred Song in Revolutionary Boston: William Billings and Oliver Holden

With names like Hatfield, Lynn, Walpole, and Woburn you would think that you'd be looking at a map of Massachusetts. Then you spot Maryland, Pennsylvania, Cortona, and Bethlehem and you are off on a trip around the world. Not always.

When these names appear on Sweet Seraphic Fire, Norumbega...

illustration of Catharine Brown in bed from Rufus Anderson's 1825 biography
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Speaker: Theresa Gaul

Join us for a discussion of a young Cherokee woman at a mission school and the legacy of her personal writings.

photo of Dick Lehr
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Speaker: Dick Lehr

Join Pulitzer-nominated reporter, historian, and Boston University professor Dick Lehr for a discussion of the controversial 1915 film "The Birth of a Nation" and the debate it sparked.

Emerson "Tad" Baker
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Speaker: Emerson W. Baker

Join archaeologist and author Emerson "Tad" Baker for a discussion of his latest book, "A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience".

woodcut of "wicked Ranters" from the book "Hell Broke Loose..." (1651)
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Speaker: Lori Stokes

Join historian Lori Stokes for a look at the physical hardships of colonial Massachusetts and the ways they informed religious practices.

Portrait of an Old Woman Reading (ca. 1630-1635) by Gerrit Dou
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Presenter: Francis J. Bremer

Laypeople were vital to the development of puritan Congregational belief and practice. Come discuss this and more with noted historian Frank Bremer.

missionary Gertrude Pye (wife of Rev. Watts O. Pye) drives a cart in China
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Speaker: Virginia Pye

Inspired by her own grandparents' story, Virginia Pye's latest novel weaves a tale of American missionaries in early 20th-century China.

research materials
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Speaker: Sari Mauro

Are you a genealogist with a Congregational ancestor? A historian interested in a Congregational church's history? A researcher with a burning question about Congregationalism? Have you always wanted to come to the Congregational Library & Archives for research but didn't know where to start?

Join our Digital Archivist Sari Mauro to learn more about the many resources available at the Congregational Library & Archives and how to get started on your research. Sari will cover...

excerpt from "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way" (1861) by Emanuel Leuteze
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Speaker: Christopher C. Child

Since the first settlers arrived in New England in the 17th century, there has been movement and migration — first within New England, then to New York, the mid-west, and beyond. Understanding these migrations provides important context and a framework for anyone researching early New England and pioneer ancestors. This illustrated lecture will explain these population shifts, reasons for resettlement, and demographics, plus suggest a number of useful reference works.


construction workers on a lunch break
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Speaker: Heath W. Carter

The Social Gospel is often associated with well-known reforming ministers such as Washington Gladden and Walter Rauschenbusch. But in this talk, based on his newly-published book, Union Made: Working People and the Rise...

"The men and women of 1630. Prospect Church, Cambridge, 1930."
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Speaker: Peggy Bendroth

engraving of George Whitefield by Frederick Halpin (ca. 1870) based on a painting by John Greenwood (ca. 1768)
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Speaker: Jessica Parr

On a fall day in 1838, a cortege wound through the streets of Newburyport, Massachusetts, headed for Old South Presbyterian Church. A box contained the humerus bone of eighteenth-century English preacher George Whitefield, who had been previously interred in the basement crypt of the church following his death in September 1770. The reinterment ceremony restored the bone, which had been pilfered by a British admirer of Whitefield's, to its former resting place.


the burning of William Pynchon's book
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Speaker: David Powers

David M. Powers will speak about William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield, MA. Two things stand out about Pynchon's life: he enjoyed uniquely positive relationships with Native peoples.

"Prayer for USA" by Harley Pebley
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Speaker: David Mislin

David Mislin is a historian of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, with a focus on American intellectual and religious history.

statue of Anne Hutchinson at the Massachusetts state house
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Co-host: Anne Marbury Hutchinson Foundation

This year marks the 425th anniversary of the birth of Anne Hutchinson (1591–1643), a prominent figure in Puritan New England due to her role in the Antinomian Controversy.

The Congregational Library & Archives is pleased to host an evening reception for the Anne...

Eve LaPlante
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Speaker: Eve LaPlante

This year marks the 425th anniversary of the birth of Anne Hutchinson (1591–1643), a prominent figure in Puritan New England due to her role in the Antinomian Controversy. Join us and the AMHF in commemorating the occasion.

Resurrection of Henry Box Brown, from "The Underground Railroad" by William Still (1872)
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Speaker: Sentidra Joseph

After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law in 1850, Boston became a hunting ground. The city, once a safe haven in the north and the home of many famous abolitionists, was suddenly fair game for slave catchers looking for those who had fled the South on the Underground Railroad.

In the years leading up to the Civil War, the Union unraveled, but Bostonians rallied together. The city's powerful abolitionists led the fight against the injustice of the Fugitive Slave Law. Throughout the...

cover of "The Liberty Bell" (1856 ed.) published by the American Anti-Slavery Society
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Speaker: Shawn Quigley

In 1638, a ship named The Desire arrived in Boston Harbor carrying tobacco, cotton, and enslaved Africans. Thus began the history of slavery in Massachusetts, a practice that continued for nearly 150 years, through the signing of the Declaration of independence and most of the Revolution. Massachusetts became the first state to abolish slavery in 1783.

Over the centuries, the abolition grew from a fringe belief to a widely accepted position. Massachusetts was uniquely positioned to be...

gravestones in the Granary Burial Ground
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Speaker: Nicholas E. Bonneau

Epidemics and Awakenings in the First Congregational Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1735-1740

In May of 1736, John Boynton of Haverhill, Massachusetts, proclaimed to fellow parishioners, "I have been awakened and put upon my duty by the many and sudden deaths in this place." While intense religious revivals had sprung up across the Atlantic world, this relation of faith found its inspiration in a biological event particular to the frontier communities of Northern...

"Giving evidence before the Committee of the House of Commons"
Monday, October 17, 2016
Speaker: Jessica Parr

This year's joint ACA-Athenaeum Fellow, Jessica Parr, will be presenting on her research. Her forthcoming book will explore the evolution of African American religious thought. This talk will focus on the first chapter, discussing the legal, religious, and cultural matrix that emerged in defense of slavery in the British Atlantic.


John Kaag
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Speaker: John Kaag

John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper's, Aeon Magazine, among many other publications. His latest book, American Philosophy: A Love Story, part intellectual history, part memoir is ultimately about love, freedom, and the role that wisdom can play in turning one's life around.


Calvin Coolidge
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Speaker: Stephen R. Silver

Taciturn New Englander, avatar of small government, Amherst alumnus, Governor of Massachusetts, and President of the United States. Calvin Coolidge is remembered for being all of these things but less well known yet central to his identity was his Christian faith. Coolidge was the only Congregationalist to serve as our nation's chief magistrate. Come hear the fascinating, inspiring story of how his experience in the Congregational Church shaped his life from rural Vermont to the White House...

Renaissonics - Miyuki Tsurutani (harpsichord, recorders) ; John Tyson (recorders, crumhorn, pipe & tabor) ; Laura Gulley (violin, viola) ; Daniel Rowe (cello)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Performers: Renaissonics

Join us for a concert by Renaissonics, accompanied by The Gropina Trio.

Renaissonics' newest program, Such Stuff As Dreams, is an enchanting voyage though the Renaissance imagination where the fantasies and genius of the age of Leonardo, Galileo and Shakespeare come alive through their music.

Such Stuff As Dreams features Renaissance and early Baroque chamber music,...

excerpt from a poster for an American Committee for Relief in the Near East fundraising campaign
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Speaker: Owen Miller

It is difficult to underestimate the effect of the missionary experience, either for the Middle East or for the United States. American missionaries founded the top universities in Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon. These institutions of higher education played a key role in the education of a segment of the political elite. And in the United States, nearly all of the academic study of the Middle East, until the mid-1950s, was directly linked to missionary endeavors. Perhaps even more importantly,...

image of Kailua Church, an excerpt from "The King's Country Seat, and Church at Kailua", frontispiece of "Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California" (1865) by Mary Evarts Anderson
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Speaker: Owen Miller

In 1818, William Goodell (the missionary) introduced his relative, Lucy Goodale to his college friend Asa Thurston. Lucy Goodale and Asa Thurston were two of the earliest American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions' missionaries in Hawai'i. Over the course of the 19th century, the missionaries in Hawai'i invested heavily in sugar plantations and helped take over the islands including the coup that overthrew Queen Lili'uokalani. They eventually led the movement for U.S. annexation of...

Robert Briscoe, Lord Mayor of Dublin, 1962
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Speaker: Rachel Gordan

In the spring of 1957, the Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin, Robert Briscoe, paid a visit to Boston, while on tour of the United States. A religious, Jewish, Irish mayor was an unexpected presence who represented much of what Cold War Americans hoped was possible in their own country: courageous patriotism from members of all parties of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Although little-remembered today, the visit of an Orthodox Jewish Irish mayor created much fanfare and presented a model of...

M. L'Instant, abolitionist from Haiti, an excerpt from "The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840" by Benjamin Robert Haydon
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Speaker: Owen Miller

William Goodell (the abolitionist) was a distant relative of William Goodell (the missionary to the Ottoman Empire) and Lucy Goodale. Like his relatives, William Goodell (the abolitionist) was deeply involved with the Congregational Church, which played a central role in the abolition of slavery in the United States.

In 1833 Goodell founded the New York Anti-Slavery Society and the American Anti-Slavery Society. Over the next three decades, he devoted his life to the cause of...

electric guitar
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Speaker: Randall J. Stephens

Alongside the headlines, radio sermons, about the Beatle scare in the mid-1960s there was another story emerging. The so-called generation gap and the trouble with wayward youth riled conservative Christians from coast to coast. In response to worries about the widening generation gap, many evangelicals — as well as Catholics and some mainline Protestants — made peace with the form of rock music. The embrace of rock was not too out of the ordinary. Conservative Christianity proved remarkably...

cover illustration from the 1849 edition of "Pilgrims Progress" by John Bunyan published by the American Tract Society
Monday, April 24, 2017
Speaker: Sonia Hazard

Join Sonia Hazard, who holds a joint research fellowship with the Congregational Library & Archives and the Boston Athenaeum, for a report on her current research at both institutions. Hazard works on the popular reception of evangelical print media in the antebellum United States, specifically the cultural impact of the American Tract Society, the biggest religious publisher in the country during that period. She is especially interested in recovering unorthodox modes of reception...

illustration of a piper from the title page of "The Psalm Singer's Amusement" (1781) by William BIllings
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Performers: Norumbega Harmony

Join choral ensemble Norumbega Harmony for a noontime concert exploring the musical and cultural transformation of Congregational sacred music from the Revolutionary Era's stark psalm tunes and lively fuging tunes, pioneered by William Billings of Boston (1746-1800), to the European Romantic melodies and harmonies of the city's great music educator and church composer Lowell Mason (1792-1872).


David A. Hollinger, UC Berkeley
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Speaker: David A. Hollinger

We will be hosting historian David A. Hollinger to talk about his upcoming book, Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World But Changed America. This is a unique opportunity, not only to meet a leading historian — Hollinger is the Preston Hotchkis Professor of History emeritus at the University of California,...

Christmas tree decorations
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Performers: Concordia Consort

'Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the stacks
Not a soul was not wanting a time to relax;
The staff chose books from the collection with care,
In hopes that good friends of the Library would soon be there!

Join the Congregational Library & Archives for an evening of fun, food, and festive music as we celebrate the holidays for our second Late Night at the Library! The staff has carefully selected the best of the best of our holiday-related materials...

The Anti-Saloon League newspaper, The American Issue, with headline, "U.S. Is Voted Dry," published January 25, 1919. Public Domain.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cheers to the 21st Amendment!

Join the Congregational Library & Archives for an evening of trivia, mingling, food, and drink (non-alcoholic Prohibition-era cocktails available) for our latest Late Night at the Library. Bring your friends and wittiest trivia team name for a night of fun and merriment.

Trivia begins at 6:30pm but all are welcome at any time.

As always, tickets are free but donations are always welcomed.

Thursday, February 15th
6:00 -...

Congregational Library & Archives Executive Director Dr. Margaret Bendroth
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Margaret Bendroth


Due to impending inclement weather, this talk has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 3rd.

During the 1940s and 1950s, an era usually associated with bobby sox and happy housewives, thousands of women in mainline Protestant churches were pursuing a radical social vision. The largest organization, Church Women United, forged an interracial campaign for civil rights, supported the UN, and protested nuclear weapons. Their leaders met with Eleanor Roosevelt and...

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Public commemorations have become a difficult business in recent years, often provoking sharp conflict about the meaning and implications of the past. With the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival in Plymouth fast approaching, the Congregational Library & Archives, Suffolk University, and the Ford Hall Forum are sponsoring an important conversation about remembering and
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Explore the history of the Congregational tradition and learn how to keep old church records safe and organized, all in one day. Join us on November 15, 2018 for two workshops: an unbelievably fast and entertaining overview of Congregational history by executive director Peggy Bendroth, who is a historian of American religion, and a smart, practical seminar on managing and preserving

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Explore the history of the Congregational tradition and learn how to keep old church records safe and organized, all in one day. Join us on November 15, 2018 for two workshops: an unbelievably fast and entertaining overview of Congregational history by executive director Peggy Bendroth, who is a historian of American religion, and a smart, practical seminar on managing and preserving

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Heather D. Curtis

History Matters presents: 

Author Heather D. Curtis 

to discuss her new book Holy Humanitarians

On January 24, 2019, at 4 p.m., the Library will host Heather Curtis as we discuss her new book, ...

Monday, February 25, 2019
Richard Kigel

What can we learn about the passions, personality and humanity of the Boston poet who rightfully should be considered among our nation’s Founding Mothers? On Monday, February 24, 2019, author Richard Kigel will speak on his book, Heav’nly Tidings from the Afric Muse: The Grace and Genius of Phillis Wheatley (Paragon House, 2017). This book tells the story of a unique young woman who survived the horrific Middle Passage as a child and arrived in America as a lowly slave. By the time...

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Michelle Marchetti Coughlin

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 4 p.m., the Library will welcome historian and author Michelle Marchetti Coughlin for her lecture, "Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow: Reconstructing a Life through Material Culture". Penelope Pelham Winslow, a member of the English gentry who was married to Plymouth Colony governor Josiah Winslow, was one of the most powerful women in Plymouth Colony, but she, like most of her female contemporaries, has largely been forgotten. Though she left few...

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....