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Four new Hidden Histories collections available

Today we are very pleased to announce the publication of four new New England's Hidden Histories collections! The following collections, totaling 1,361 pages, are now available for your perusal and use from any Java-enabled device with an internet connection:


Salem, Mass. Tabernacle Church records, 1743-1850

Tabernacle Church was founded 1735 when parishioners from First Church of Salem split, along with newly-dismissed pastor Samuel Fisk. It took the name "Tabernacle Church" in 1777 when a new meeting house was built to replace one lost to fire. The new building was copied from the Tabernacle in Moorfields (London, England). The church continues to this day as Tabernacle Church in Salem. You can learn more about this collection from the finding aid, or its collection page.


Marblehead, Mass. Third Church records, 1858-1877

Third Church in Marblehead, Massachusetts, was formed by members of First Church in Marblehead who left the church after a protracted conflict over a newly called pastor and was officially formed in 1858. The Church dissolved some 19 years later when their building was lost to fire and the members of Third Church rejoined with First Church. The church clerk for the majority of Third Church's short life was artist Glover Broughton (1796-1859) and as such, the volume contains gorgeous penmanship, section separators, section headings, and a beautiful drawing of the proposed meeting house site. The volume also contains baptismal liturgy used by the church. You can learn more about this collection from the finding aid or its collection page.


John Pynchon. Notes on sermons by George Moxon, 1640

This booklet of sermon notes was created when then-fourteen or fifteen year old John Pynchon, son of Springfield, Massachusetts founder William Pynchon, recorded the words he heard preached by Springfield pastor George Moxon. The sermon notes are recorded in John Pynchon's own shorthand and a full-text and decoded transcription is available to aid in your understanding of the materials. We are grateful to scholar and friend of the library David M. Powers for providing this transcription, without which these materials would be almost unusable. You can learn more about the Pynchon sermon notes from the collection's finding aid or its collection page.


Samuel Hopkins. Correspondence, 1766-1803

The three letters in this collection, all written by Samuel Hopkins (1721-1803), a Congregational minister in the New England area. Hopkins studied under Johnathan Edwards (1703-1758) and preached all over the New England area. It is for him that the Congregational school of theological thought known as Hopkinsianism (sometimes called New Divinity) is named. You can learn more about these three letters from the finding aid and the collection page.


We hope you enjoy these collections, and the others in the New England's Hidden Histories program. And remember -- we are always here to help with research inquiries. If you have questions about these collections, or other resources and materials at the Congregational Library & Archives, please drop us a line.