Beacon Street Diary

March 16, 2009

Join us as we celebrate a new partnership between CCHS and Boston's historic Congregational Library.

Eve LaPlanteOur featured speaker will be author, Eve LaPlante, discussing "Why Congregational History Matters Today". Ms. LaPlante is the author of American Jezabel, a biography of Anne Hutchinson and Salem Witch Judge, a biography of Samuel Sewell.

This event takes place Monday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, 207 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 0248.

Free and open to the public.

March 13, 2009

Join us at the Hills Church in Wellesley for this workshop with other church librarians.

Claudette Newhall will lead discussions on creating, managing, and promoting your church library/resource center on Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration is required. Program fee is $10.

Contact us at 617-523-0470 x 4 or email

March 5, 2009

Join fellow alums from the Records Management class for lunch, networking, and updates on Friday March 20 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM at 14 Beacon Street, Boston. Share your projects and find out what your colleagues have been doing with theirs. This is also a time to ask archivist, Jess Steytler, questions that may have come up since the class.

Program fee: $20. Advanced registration required. Email or call 617-523-0470 x 4.

March 4, 2009

Join us at noon on Wednesday, March 18 to hear Dr. Garth M. Rosell discuss his book: The Surprising Work of God : Harold John Ockenga, Billy Graham, and the Rebirth of Evangelicalism. Ockenga was pastor of the Park Street Church and co-founder of Fuller Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the National Association of Evangelicals, and Christianity Today.

Garth RosellDr. Rosell is professor of Church History at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts and has lectured on a variety of college, university and seminary campuses. His most recent book is a history of Park Street Church which celebrates its two hundredth anniversary this year: Boston's Historic Park Street Church: The Story of an Evangelical Landmark.

Free and open to the public. Please bring your lunch.

February 24, 2009

There is still time to register for the workshop on Records Management & Preservation to be held February 27 from 9:30-12:30.

Please contact Susan Thomas at 617-523-0470 x 4 or by email
The fee is $10.00.

Archivist, Jessica Steytler covers basic archival arrangement, writing and maintaining records management policies, preservation and digital issues. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in discussions with other record keepers.

February 20, 2009

"Ringing the Gotchnag" coverAuthor Jonathan Page discusses his recently published book, Ringing the Gotchnag: Two American Missionary Families in Turkey, 1855-1922. This narrative, published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, details how and why missionary policy changed while illuminating a fascinating tale of New England Christians in the land of the sultan.

Jonathan is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Divinity School. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he is the Epps Fellow in the Memorial Church, Harvard University.

Jonathan will be available to sign copies of his book. A few copies will be available for sale at the event. Bring your lunch and join us at noon for an informative and engaging discussion. Free and open to the public.

February 6, 2009

What is Congregationalism, and why is it important? This three week mini course will provide a quick orientation, a time-line, and plenty of time for discussion of one of the nation's most influential religious traditions.

Peggy Bendroth, historian of American religion and Director of the Congregational Library, welcomes all students at all levels for a weekly class covering three centuries, from Congregationalism's English Puritan roots to the denominational merger that created the United Church of Christ in 1957. Program fee: $45 for all 3 weeks. Advance registration is required.

For additional information or to register contact Susan Thomas at 617-523-0470 or

February 3, 2009

The Church 2.0: Web Tools for the Tech Savvy Christian workshop on Thursday, February 5 has been canceled. Please check our web site for other events.

January 12, 2009

All those either working on a history of a local congregation, or contemplating doing so, are welcome to drop in to our Library Writers' Group. We will share questions, ideas, issues, and help each other. Writers with manuscripts at all levels welcome. Workshops are led by Library Director Peggy Bendroth. Each session will begin at 12 noon. No charge for this workshop.

For further information contact us at 617-523-0470 or email

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