2015 Events

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.