Beacon Street Diary

September 10, 2008

Jessica will be offering her "Archives 2.0" class again this fall at the Simmons main campus. There's a dizzying number of new technologies that are out there that weren't there five years ago. They can be overwhelming when experimenting with them on your own. This will be an overview of (but not necessarily limited to) wikis, alternatives to social networking, Google documents, RSS feeds.

Contact Kris Liberman at Simmons Continuing Ed. to sign up. Deadline September 29th.

September 8, 2008

Peggy Bendroth's A School of the Church: Andover Newton across Two Centuries, will be celebrated with a book release party on September 18 from 5-7pm here in the reading room. There will be copies of the book available for sale and we will serve light refreshments.

Please RSVP with Claudette Newhall by September 15.

A reminder that Jessica will be offering her Records Management class in Exeter, NH on September 22nd from 6-8pm. Cost: $15, deadline for registering is September 15.

For those who have already attended the Records Management class (previously known as Research 101), there is a luncheon in Lexington on September 18 from 11:30-1:30. Cost: $15, deadline for registering is September 15.

A recently developed class, New Technologies in a Church Setting will be offered on September 24 here at the library from 9:30-2:30.This class is designed to be an introduction to some useful and inexpensive (or free) tools that can help a church communicate more efficiently and reach new people. Find out what the hub-bub is about wikis, blogs, Google documents, and more.   Lunch will be provided and there will be some time to explore the new material online. Cost: $20, deadline for registration September 19.

Contact Jessica Steytler to resister for these events.

For a complete description of these events and more, please visit our website.

September 5, 2008

We have added the Tenney Estate Toy Book Collection to our online catalog. Some of the titles included in this collection of toy books are "Advice to Sabbath School Children", "The Good Boy", "The Good Girl", and "The History of Goody Two Shoes: embellished with neat engravings". This collection was presented to the Library in 1947 by Ralph F., Harry W. and Charles A. Tenney. Many woodcuts are included in these small books of juvenile literature.  GoodgirlWoodcut from the wrapper of "The Good Girl":


August 25, 2008

Please join our Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth, on September 18 at 5 p.m. in celebrating her latest publication, A School of the Church: Andover Newton Across Two Centuries, a 200th anniversary history of Andover Newton Theological Seminary.

Books will be available for the signing. Refreshments served.

Please RSVP to Claudette Newhall or 617-523-0740 x 1.

August 22, 2008

Park Street Church spirePeggy Bendroth, author, historian, and Executive Director of the Library, is now offering her popular historic walking tour by request and reservation only. The cost is $10 for an approximately 90 minute tour. Peggy guides participants to the city's famous landmarks, from Old South Church to Park Street Church.

She will offer these tours through mid-October. Peggy's focus is on the Congregational history of Boston and its early leaders. Groups are welcome. For additional information and to reserve a tour time, please contact Peggy at 617-523-0470 x 5 or

All tours begin at 14 Beacon St., 2nd Fl., Library Reading Room.

August 15, 2008

In August of each year, the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies (NACCC) conducts the Boston Seminar at the Congregational Library in Boston, Massachusetts. We welcome the students and faculty of this program for the week of August 18-22, 2008.

July 31, 2008

Peggy has returned from the Annual Meeting of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference held in Buffalo last week. Peggy presented a workshop on Records Management created by our archivist, Jess. She was pleased to able to meet with members on the 4Cs and provide this service to the Conference.

The booklet on Records Management is available on our web site Records Management Guide. If you have questions about your church records, do not hesitate to contact us.

July 30, 2008

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.


Archives 2.0

Saturday, October 4, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Simmons College, One Palace Road Bldg, Room TBA
Cost: $160

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.


Using Primary Sources: a Tutorial for Educators

Saturday, December 6, 2008
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Congregational Library
14 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

For directions see:
Room TBA

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.