2017 Events

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...