New England's Hidden Histories

Congregational church records are an unparalleled source of information about the religious activities of the early colonists, and about many other aspects of early American life. The Congregational Library and Archives, in partnership with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale is currently preserving these records and making them available to the public.
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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...

News & Highlights

There are two new additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program, both of which have experienced changes in geography since their creation.

 

We are pleased to announce two new additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program — the early records from West Parish Church in Barnstable, and a volume of advice from an anonymous man facing his own mortality.

 

The Congregational Conference of Illinois was established in 1844 by the first three Congregational associations in Illinois: the Congregational Association of Illinois, the Fox River Association, and the Rock River Association.

The newest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories digital collections all fall under the theme of church governance.