Beacon Street Diary

July 10, 2008

"A School of the Church" book coverJust 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.

July 3, 2008

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.

July 1, 2008

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.

June 24, 2008

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 All interested persons are welcome.

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Plymouth Rock

What is this and why is it here at the Congregational Library?

June 20, 2008

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.

June 17, 2008

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 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.

June 11, 2008

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June 11, 2008

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
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • 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.

May 30, 2008

Antoinette Brown Blackwell 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.

Highland Church
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.

May 21, 2008

New Technology in Church Settings
June 16, 9:30am-2:30pm

Jess_001Archivist Jessica Steytler ( leads this 3/4 day seminar on internet based technologies. This class will be very helpful to anyone within a church setting trying to improve communications within the office or with committees/groups; managing online reading/fact-finding; interested in creating an online community specifically for your church or region. All the new tools explored do not require any financial commitment beyond having a computer and an internet connection. Specific technologies under discussion include wikis, the NING social networking site, RSS feeds, and blogs.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop for the practical applications. Lunch included
Cost: $20 per person
Limit: 10 people per session

QUESTIONS: Call 617-523-0470