2016 Events

research materials
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Speaker: Sari Mauro

Are you a genealogist with a Congregational ancestor? A historian interested in a Congregational church's history? A researcher with a burning question about Congregationalism? Have you always...

excerpt from "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way" (1861) by Emanuel Leuteze
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Speaker: Christopher C. Child

Since the first settlers arrived in New England in the 17th century, there has been movement and migration — first within New England, then to New York, the mid-west, and beyond. Understanding...

construction workers on a lunch break
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Speaker: Heath W. Carter

The Social Gospel is often associated with well-known reforming ministers such as Washington Gladden and Walter Rauschenbusch. But in this talk, based on his newly-published book,...

"The men and women of 1630. Prospect Church, Cambridge, 1930."
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Speaker: Peggy Bendroth

engraving of George Whitefield by Frederick Halpin (ca. 1870) based on a painting by John Greenwood (ca. 1768)
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Speaker: Jessica Parr

On a fall day in 1838, a cortege wound through the streets of Newburyport, Massachusetts, headed for Old South Presbyterian Church. A box contained the humerus bone of eighteenth-century English...

the burning of William Pynchon's book
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Speaker: David Powers

David M. Powers will speak about William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield, MA. Two things stand out about Pynchon's life: he enjoyed uniquely positive relationships with Native peoples....

"Prayer for USA" by Harley Pebley
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Speaker: David Mislin

David Mislin is a historian of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, with a focus on American intellectual and religious history.


statue of Anne Hutchinson at the Massachusetts state house
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Co-host: Anne Marbury Hutchinson Foundation

This year marks the 425th anniversary of the birth of Anne Hutchinson (1591–1643), a prominent figure in Puritan New England due to her role in the ...

Eve LaPlante
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Speaker: Eve LaPlante

This year marks the 425th anniversary of the birth of Anne Hutchinson (1591–1643), a prominent figure in Puritan New England due to her role in the...

Resurrection of Henry Box Brown, from "The Underground Railroad" by William Still (1872)
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Speaker: Sentidra Joseph

After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law in 1850, Boston became a hunting ground. The city, once a safe haven in the north and the home of many famous abolitionists, was suddenly fair game for...

cover of "The Liberty Bell" (1856 ed.) published by the American Anti-Slavery Society
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Speaker: Shawn Quigley

In 1638, a ship named The Desire arrived in Boston Harbor carrying tobacco, cotton, and enslaved Africans. Thus began the history of slavery in Massachusetts, a practice that continued for nearly...

gravestones in the Granary Burial Ground
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Speaker: Nicholas E. Bonneau

Epidemics and Awakenings in the First Congregational Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1735-1740

In May of 1736, John Boynton of Haverhill, Massachusetts, proclaimed to...

"Giving evidence before the Committee of the House of Commons"
Monday, October 17, 2016
Speaker: Jessica Parr

This year's joint ACA-Athenaeum Fellow, Jessica Parr, will be presenting on her research. Her...

John Kaag
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Speaker: John Kaag

John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chronicle of Higher...

Calvin Coolidge
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Speaker: Stephen R. Silver

Taciturn New Englander, avatar of small government, Amherst alumnus, Governor of Massachusetts, and President of the United States. Calvin Coolidge is remembered for being all of these things but...

Renaissonics - Miyuki Tsurutani (harpsichord, recorders) ; John Tyson (recorders, crumhorn, pipe & tabor) ; Laura Gulley (violin, viola) ; Daniel Rowe (cello)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Performers: Renaissonics

Join us for a concert by Renaissonics, accompanied by The Gropina Trio.

Renaissonics' newest...