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New Hidden Histories collections - Brockton and Stoneham

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


Brockton, Mass. First Parish Congregational Church

This church was founded as the Fourth Church in the North Precinct of Bridgewater, became the First Parish in the new town of North Bridgewater, and then First Church in Brockton when the town changed its name in 1874. It later went on to merge with other local churches to form Christ Church in Brockton. The records contained in the two volumes that have been digitized are from the early years of First Church, and include information about membership, the governance of the church, and the administration of the parish in which it was located.

For more information about the larger Christ Church Brockton collection, see the archival finding aid, or go straight to the collection page and start reading.


Stoneham, Mass. First Congregational Church

This collection contains the early records of First Congregational Church Stoneham, founded in 1729. Included are church records of meeting minutes, vital statistics, and membership rolls; parish and financial records, including salary and capital expenses; and documents created by ministers who served the church, including commonplace and account books from James Osgood, and sermons from an unnamed minister, most likely John Stevens who served in both Stoneham and Haverhill.

For further information about the full collection, please consult the finding aid, or go directly to the collection page.


Special Thanks

This digital resource has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.