Members Event: Christmas with the Congregationalists

Kyle Roberts
Promotional graphic for the event, featuring the title and festive greenery.

5-7 pm EST


This event will held in person at 14 Beacon.



Celebrate the season by joining us at 14 Beacon Street for an evening of festive fun: food, drink, and a lively conversation about materials from the CLA's collections related to Christmas with Executive Director Kyle Roberts.

Christmas was not always a widely celebrated holiday by Congregationalists. The Massachusetts Bay General Court banned the observance of the holiday in 1659 and ministers, such as Cotton Mather, spoke out against yuletide reveling. Congregational practices started to look more familiar by the nineteenth century, as congregations put on Christmas plays and publishing houses, like the Pilgrim Press, printed holiday gift books featuring lovable characters, such as Winky the Christmas Cat.

See first-hand these holiday-themed treasures from the collections, share your own stories about how Congregationalists celebrate Christmas, and get into the holiday spirit with other friends of the Congregational Library & Archives.

Registration is now open, and tickets are limited. CLA members, check your email inbox for your invitation to register.

For more information, please email


Kyle Roberts is the Executive Director of the Congregational Library & Archives. A scholar of Atlantic World religion, print, and library history, he is the author of Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860 (Chicago, 2016) and the co-editor, with Stephen Schloesser, of Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience 1814-2014 (Brill, 2017) and, with Mark Towsey, of Before the Public Library: Reading, Community, and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850 (Brill, 2018).

Dr. Roberts is an accomplished public historian and digital humanist who is the Director of the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project and co-Director of the Maryland Loyalism Project. He has held positions at Queen Mary, University of London – where he co-created Dissenting Academies Online: Virtual Library System, an innovative reconstruction of the holdings and borrowings of the leading English dissenting academies; Georgetown University, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. In addition to being the consultant for numerous digital and public history projects, he sits on the Executive Committee of the American Catholic Historical Association and the Urban History Association.


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