Beacon Street Diary

October 12, 2006

Recently we've hosted a number of tours, seminars and visitors. The Simmons College student chapter of the Special Library Association came for a tour two weeks ago. The group visit was arranged by one of our former student interns, Annika Diedericks. Last week we hosted a large group of staff members from our neighbors, the Boston Athenaeum. They brought with them a design drawing of a concept for our Reading Room from their collection. It was amazing to see the similarities and differences in the current Reading Room design. We will be making a return visit to their library soon. Also Beth Nordbeck had arranged for a short seminar for one of her classes on how to use our collections and what we might have here to assist in writing research papers on Congregationalism. Yesterday, we had a lovely visit from Rev. Digby James and his lovely wife, Marianne. Dr. James is associated with the Congregational Library in London and was traveling in the US collecting research on George Whitefield.

If you are in Boston or coming to Boston, we'd enjoying having you stop in. If you have a group that you think would enjoy or benefit from a tour or seminar, please contact us at 617-523-0470 or email Claudette cnewhall@14beacon.org. We have two seminars coming up on October 18 and 25. Please see our website for details and registration.


October 2, 2006

Registration is still open for our lecture "Children, Family Values and the Congregational Way" on October 12, 2006 at the South Congregational Church, Hartford, CT. Students may attend free of charge.  Don't miss this opportunity for an engaging and enlightening day.

HartfordIn the afternoon, our discussion of "Congregational Distinctives" will be an open roundtable with Jane Smith, Director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian/Muslim Relations and Debra Cantor, rabbi of Congregation B'Nai Shalom in Hartford.

The registration form is available on our website. Please contact Peggy Bendroth mbendroth@14beacon.org with any questions.


September 25, 2006

The Congregational Christian Historical Society Board will meet Wednesday, September 27 from 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM here in the Pratt Room. Board members may contact Peggy by emailing mbendroth@14beacon.org or calling 617-523-0470.


September 22, 2006

If you see our Executive Director, Peggy, at the Haystack Bicentennial Celebration in Williamstown, please say hello. Peggy has taken a display highlighting some items from our very unique collections and brochures for our upcoming events. There is still time to head out to the celebration for the weekend and the weather should be fine. Click on the Haystack website for a schedule of events.

ordination of the first American Board missionariesOur own display cases will continue for the next month to present images, items, and books chronicling the history of Haystack. Please visit us to see them.


September 21, 2006

Parish of St. BotolphWe wanted to let you know about a recent visitor to the Congregational Library. We were pleased to welcome The Rev. Robin Whitehead, Vicar of the Parish of St. Botolph's in Boston, Lincolnshire, namesake of Boston, MA and Graham Stewart-Smith, Parish Administrator. They were here to discuss the major refurbishing of their church, known affectionately since the 14th century as "the Stump". In 2009, St. Botolph's celebrates its 700th anniversary.

Historical Relationship Between Boston, Lincolnshire and Boston, Massachusetts:

The two Bostons will forever be associated with one of the outstanding events in America and English history. In 1630, leading burgers of Lincolnshire crossed the Atlantic, in the ship 'Lady Arabella' with Governor John Winthrop. They established a settlement at the mouth of the Charles River, to become one of the great cities in the New World. Governor Winthrop ordered the old name changed, 'That Tremontaine shall be called Boston,' in honor of the origin of the settlers.

Two years later the famous puritan vicar of St. Botolph's, John Cotton, also crossed the Atlantic to become the pastor of the First Church of Boston.

St. Boltoph's towerFor more on the refurbishing of this 14th century landmark and its 700th Anniversary events, visit their website.


September 18, 2006

The brochures for our all day research seminar on October 18 and October 25 are being mailed today. You can also print a brochure from our website. If you missed the program in June, here's your opportunity to spend the day with us.


September 12, 2006

Our Fall Program brochure is now available on the website. Please return your registration to us as soon as possible. Come spend a day in creative engagement with Congregational history and its tradition of a learned, thoughtful pastoral ministry.


August 30, 2006

Picture_hartfordHear our own Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth, speak on "Children, Family Values and the Congregational Way" October 12 in Hartford, CT. Details will soon be available on our website and in brochures mailed this week. If you wish to receive a brochure, contact Beth Spaulding, bspaulding@14beacon.org


August 16, 2006

Hawk12One of the wonderful aspects of working on Beacon Hill is getting to know a family of red tailed hawks that live in the Granery Burial Ground. They frequently perch on the Congregational House ledges, or that of our neighbors (like the Athenaeum). Our building superintendant, John Beattie has been photographing them for years. You can frequently see new additions to his collection on display in our main entrance way.

Commentary and more pictures, particularly of last year's babies yet to come...

-Jess

Hawk05


August 16, 2006

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I present to you the new face of the Congregational Library. The staff has been working very hard to make these adjustments. You will still be able to find us through 14.beacon.org, which will then redirect you to the new domain, congregationallibrary.org. I would suggest that our regular visitors refresh their browsers, otherwise you will continue to see the old purple design. Many thanks to web designer Jim Woodman for doing such a beautiful job.

If there are any questions about this or any other aspect of the site, please direct them to info@congregationallibrary.org.


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