2019 Events

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....

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Professor Richard Boles

Interracial But Not Integrated: African Americans, Indians, and New England's Colonial Churches

Please join us Wednesday, June 5th at 6:30pm for a special History Matters co-presented by the Congregational Library & Archives and Old South Meeting House-"Interracial But Not Integrated: African Americans, Indians, and New England's Colonial Churches". By attendance at services, being baptized, and taking the Lord's Supper,...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
3 to 5 PM

The Congregational Library & Archives is pleased to host “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia,” a play commissioned by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives and supported by the Massachusetts Humanities Council. Commemorating Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia’s death in 1818, the play tells the story of a Native Hawaiian man who travelled to New England and inspired the formation of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission (ABCFM) and the sending of the first missionaries to the...