Voices from the Past: Working with Records from New England’s Hidden Histories

Tricia Peone
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FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2023
9:30 am - 2 pm EDT

This event will be held in person at 14 Beacon. Advance registration is required and space is limited.



Are you a church historian, independent researcher, or just interested in early New England church history (1620-1820) and what it can reveal about the past?

Join us for an in-person workshop at 14 Beacon Street in Boston on finding and interpreting church records at the Congregational Library & Archives on Friday, July 7 from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm.

Participants will learn:

  • about the different types of records held by churches;
  • how to use the New England’s Hidden Histories project and other resources at the CLA;
  • how to find marginalized voices in church records;
  • how to connect information from church records to other historical resources; and
  • how to share this research with your community.

You do not need to be a historian to attend; anyone interested in learning how to work with and interpret historical records is welcome.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Tricia Peone, New England’s Hidden Histories Project Director. Space is limited. Please register using the link below by Friday, June 16th: https://forms.gle/D2W7StqNc4DmD55z8

The cost to attend is $50, and includes lunch. There are a limited number of funds available for scholarships for those otherwise unable to attend.

For more information, please email Dr. Peone at tpeone@14beacon.org.


About the New England’s Hidden Histories Project:
New England’s Hidden Histories is a digital project of the Congregational Library & Archives which preserves and provides access to early New England church records. The project comprises an online collection of manuscript records of Congregational churches from the seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries which includes letters, sermons, diaries, and genealogical data, as well as literal transcriptions of many of these records.



Tricia Peone is the project director of New England’s Hidden Histories at the Congregational Library & Archives. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of New Hampshire with a specialization in the early modern Atlantic world and the history of science. Prior to joining the CLA, she was a research scholar at Historic New England for the Recovering New England’s Voices project. Dr. Peone’s scholarship focuses on early modern magic and witchcraft and her work on these subjects has appeared in journals, books, blogs, and on radio and television.