Beacon Street Diary
Beginning on January 8, 2008 at 2 PM, tours of the library will be available. These tours will be conducted the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. These introductory tours will include the history of the library, its collections, and services.
No reservations are necessary. Please call 617-523-0470 x 1 with any questions.
Directions and other information are available at our website.
On Wednesday, November 28, 2007 the Congregational Library will co-host a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Debby Applegate. Her book, The Most Famous Man in America: A Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, was published in 2006 to wide acclaim. The Library is very fortunate to be cosponsoring this free public lecture with the Old South Church in Boston, as their annual Crawford Lecture, held in honor of former pastor (and Library board member) James Crawford. The event will begin at 7pm at Old South, 645 Boylston Street in Boston's Copley Square.
On Tuesday, November 13, we'll have a book discussion of The Most Famous Man in America in the Pratt Room in the Library. All are welcome -- just bring your lunch and we'll provide soda and chips, plus our resident church historian Peggy Bendroth, who will talk about the religious culture of Beecher's GIlded Age era and about some of the critical response to Applegate's book. We'll begin at noon and end at 1:00.
Hello! I'm back from my sabbatical and already we're planning a lot of great stuff.
Please note, we will be having our Research 101 for Church Historians workshop again on November 16th. Please sign up as soon as you can and bring a friend. It's only 20 dollars for a whole day of information and guided study -- lunch is included.
Additionally, I am teaching 2 courses through the Simmons Continuing Education program on November 3 here at the library. The morning class is entitled "Joining the 21st Century: Integrating Current Technology into Antiquated Institutions". We will be discussing various options, such as wikis, blogs, and LibraryThing.
The afternoon class is "Using Primary Sources, a Tutorial for Educators".
Learn more and sign up at the Simmons website.
I've had a very lovely summer off. I'll be back in a few more weeks, but in the meantime, I've been to give a presentation in Milwaukee (or technically Oak Creek) this past week. We have photographic evidence to prove it! Since visiting the blog, I realized that I ended up wearing the same shirt here as at UCC Synod. I promise you, viewing audience, I do have more. I just really like this one.
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We recently became aware that our address email@example.com was not working properly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We are having this address fixed and it will be operational again soon.
As of the beginning of September we will be losing our wonderful administrative assistant, Beth Spaulding, who has received an incredible fellowship from Boston University to continue her doctoral studies full time. We are now looking for a part time administrative assistant to take her place. If you or someone you know is interested, please see the job description and application details on our website.
Jessica, Beth, and Peggy returned safely from Synod this week and now we have photos to share with you! You can find the link on the left hand bar of the page, or go directly to the gallery.
Yesterday we had a visitors from Kyoto, Japan. The Vice Principal of the Doshisha Elementary School, Hiroyuki Okuno, and Arisa Furimoto, the teacher in the "Hardy" classroom are in Boston to arrange their students' exchange visit next year to Boston as sister cities. They were delight to see the bust of Alpheus Hardy and our collection of Neesima and Doshisha University books displayed in the Pratt Room. They added to our collection a Doshisha Elementary School flag, a map of Kyoto detailing the schools, and a guide book to the Doshisha schools. They were pleased to see that we are telling the story of Neesima to our visitors here in Boston.
I highly recommend watching the following video from the Commoncraft.com site. It's about 4 minutes long and gives a great, real life example of what a wiki is and why they can be helpful. Wikis in Plain English.
For those of you going to Synod this week, Peggy Bendroth, Jessica Steytler, and Beth Spaulding will be there! Visit us in the exhibit hall at the Historical Council table.
Do you know where your old records are?
- Those ledger books and pastors' diaries tell the story of your congregation’s past. If they become lost or damaged, they are gone forever.
- Old records are also an invaluable historical resource. If they are locked away in a closet, their stories are lost as well.
The Congregational Library is now accepting applications from churches for microfilming grants.
- We will cover costs of preparation and filming for records dating before 1800.
- The Library will keep an additional microfilm reel to supplement its collection of Congregational church records. We strongly encourage individual congregations to place old and fragile records on permanent loan in the library archives.
Inquiries about microfilm grants and about permanent loans should be directed to Peggy Bendroth, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not sure where those old records are or how to find them? The Library also offers seminars and resource materials on records management for local churches. Inquiries about these services should be directed to the Library Archivist, Jessica Steytler email@example.com.
The Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
More information is available on our website