Beacon Street Diary
Jessica Steytler will be teaching for Simmons Graduate School for Library & Information Science (GSLIS) Continuing Education program again this fall/winter. Please contact Kris Liberman to register.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Simmons College, One Palace Road Bldg, Room TBA
With the world gone mad for all things digital, it's hard to remember that many organizations are still struggling at the rudimentary levels of online activities and technical innovation. However, there is a great deal that a small institution can do with little or no money. Archivist Jessica Steytler will examine available options, illustrated by examples of her work at the Congregational Library (currently undergoing a transformation from quiet and sleepy library to study center of the future). Technologies that will be discussed are wikis, Google Documents/Partnership, Ning – the alternative to social networking, and RSS feeds. Participants will have a chnce to explore these tools during the class.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
14 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108
For directions see: www.congregationallibrary.org
Learning about history can -– and should! -- involve more than just reading a textbook. There is a rich and varied world in manuscripts and archive collections that history books can never penetrate. However, finding a path through these collections can be intimidating, particularly when there are so few opportunities to navigate this 'raw material' of history. This workshop will walk educators through the wilderness of an archive at a basic level. We will discuss definitions, stumbling blocks, and gems that can be shared with their classes. Digital and paper examples will be given. Expect a lot of discussion; the more participants contribute from their own experiences, the better the workshop will be.
Just published is a new book by our Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth. The book is A School of the Church: Andover Newton across Two Centuries, published by William B. Eerdmans for the two hundredth anniversary of the school.
Our next book discussion date has been changed to Thursday, July 24, 2008, noon - 1:00 PM. We will be discussing American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meachem.
The Congregational Library now has a page on Facebook. Check it out and become a fan. Get updates on the latest information we post. We look forward to having you join us.
Beginning July 1, Peggy Bendroth, historian and library director, teaches a 5 week course on the history of the Congregational denomination. Classes begin at 1:00 PM each Tuesday in July. The cost of the course is $75.00 for all 5 sessions. Scholarships are available. To register or for more information, please call Peggy at 781-523-0470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All interested persons are welcome.
What is this and why is it here at the Congregational Library?
The 54th Annual meeting of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches is being held in Plymouth, MA June 21-24. This week we've had several visits from members attending the conference. We are very pleased to have these visitors, provide a tour, and discuss with them what we are doing here. Our Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth, and our Archivist, Jess Steytler, will be in Plymouth this weekend and Monday. Stop by and say hello. Information regarding the library and archive will be available. If you are in Boston, please stop in at 14 Beacon Street. We continue to collect and preserve the rich history of the Congregational Way.
There is still time to reserve a spot for this week in the walking tour led by Library Director, Peggy Bendroth. She will guide participants to the city's famous Congregational landmarks from Old South Church to Park Street.
If interested, call Peggy at 617-523-0470 or email her email@example.com. The cost is $10 for a 90 minute tour like no other in Boston. Hope you will join us on one of these dates: June 19, June 23, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 7, August 14, August 21, August 28.
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A new workshop, "New Technologies in Church Settings" is being offered Monday June 16. Spaces are still available, so please review the seminar page on our website and sign up.
This class will walk participants through the definitions and explore how to use the following:
- RSS feeds
- Google Applications
- Alternatives in Social Networking
We will offer this class again in the fall as well.
A technical/meta note: We had been having issue with our "info" email address. It should be fixed now.
After a hiatus, we have added a new podcast to our Instant History section of our website. Find out more about the remarkable Anoinette Brown Blackwell.
Additionally, the Highland Congregational Church, which closed in 2006 and was processed by Simmons Intern Alina Morris has its guide on our website, at long last.