Beacon Street Diary

February 9, 2015

Due to weather and the suspension of MBTA rail service, the library will be closed Tuesday, February 10th.

All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have a question you'd like to ask the staff, send an us email or leave a voicemail, and we'll get back to you when we return to the office.

We will keep you updated if our planned schedule changes.

We hope all of our local patrons are safe and warm.

 


snowflake ornament image courtesy of Petr Kratochvil via Wikimedia Commons

February 8, 2015

The Congregational Library & Archives will be closed Monday, February 9th due to weather.

All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have a question you'd like to ask the staff, send an us email or leave a voicemail, and we'll get back to you when we return to the office.

We will keep you updated if our planned schedule changes.

We hope all of our local patrons are safe and warm.

 


snowflake ornament image courtesy of Petr Kratochvil via Wikimedia Commons

February 4, 2015

We are pleased to announce the availability of two new collections in our New England's Hidden Histories (NEHH) program.

The first collection comes from First Church in Newbury, Massachusetts, and is part of Series I. It contains an 1853 copy of minutes from a 1669-1670 Ecclesiastical Council called by the church to render an opinion on the church's desire to change their style of governance by dismantling their Elder system. The Council advised against the proposal strongly, but by 1683 First Church in Newbury had no ruling elders. To learn more about this collection, visit the finding aid or view the item online.


letter written by Jonathan Edwards to Esther Burr, 1757

The second collection, found in Series II contains a single letter written by Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) to his daughter, Esther Edwards Burr (1732-1758), seen accompanying this blog post. The letter is dated November 20, 1757 and was written shortly after the death of Esther's husband, Aaron Burr, Sr. (1715/16-1757). You can view the letter online via the collection page.

February 3, 2015

The event previously scheduled for February 12th, "Capturing Your Memories", has been canceled.

Please visit our events page for more information on upcoming workshops and seminars at the Congregational Library & Archives. Follow us on Twitter, Falcebook, and this blog for regular updates and notifications regarding future events.

February 3, 2015

The Congregational Library & Archives will open at 10am today due to yesterday's weather. As always, our online resources are available to you and we would be glad to repsond to any email or voicemail messages. 

February 2, 2015

The Congregational Library & Archives will be closed Monday, February 2nd due to weather.

All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have a question you'd like to ask the staff, send an us email or leave a voicemail, and we'll get back to you when we return to the office.

We will keep you updated if our planned schedule changes.

We hope all of our local patrons are safe and warm.

 


snowflake ornament image courtesy of Petr Kratochvil via Wikimedia Commons

January 26, 2015

UPDATE: At the recommendation of the City of Boston, we will remain closed on Wednesday as well.  We will reopen on Thursday, January 29th.


Due to the impending blizzard, our reading room will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th.

All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have a question you'd like to ask the staff, send an us email or leave a voicemail, and we'll get back to you when we return to the office on Wednesday, January 28th.

We will keep you updated if our planned schedule changes.

We hope all of our local patrons are safe and warm.

 


snowflake ornament image courtesy of Petr Kratochvil via Wikimedia Commons

January 16, 2015

Our reading room will be closed on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have a question for the staff, send an email or leave a voicemail, and we will get back to you when we return to the office on Tuesday.

 

January 12, 2015

There is still time to let us know if you'll be joining us for this week's free lunchtime discussion.


The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America

Catherine Brekus is the Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America at Harvard Divinity School, and the author of Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America.

Sarah Osborn was a schoolteacher, a wife, and a mother, who led a remarkable revival in 1760s Rhode Island that brought hundreds of people, including many slaves, to her house each week. Her extensive written record — encompassing issues ranging from the desire to be "born again" to a suspicion of capitalism — provides a unique vantage point from which to view the emergence of evangelicalism. Brekus sets Sarah Osborn's experience in the context of her revivalist era and expands our understanding of the birth of the evangelical movement — a movement that transformed Protestantism in the decades before the American Revolution.

An innovator in the writing of American religious history, Dr. Brekus's research has focused largely, but not exclusively, on women in emerging evangelical movements from the seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. Her other interests include how religious beliefs and conflicts have shaped American understandings of public and private life, and how American culture has influenced popular understandings of religion. She has taught more than 20 different courses including ones on American Catholicism, slavery and race, the Enlightenment and children and religion.

Dr. Brekus's book Sarah Osborn's World is available for borrowing to members of the Congregational Library and Archives.

Wednesday, January 14th (snow date January 21st)
noon - 1:00 pm

Free.
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December 29, 2014

We will be closing at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, December 31st, and will remain closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015. All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have a question for the staff, send an email or leave a voicemail, and we will get back to you when we return to the office on Friday, January 2nd.

Happy New Year!

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