Beacon Street Diary

August 15, 2008

In August of each year, the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies (NACCC) conducts the Boston Seminar at the Congregational Library in Boston, Massachusetts. We welcome the students and faculty of this program for the week of August 18-22, 2008.

July 31, 2008

Peggy has returned from the Annual Meeting of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference held in Buffalo last week. Peggy presented a workshop on Records Management created by our archivist, Jess. She was pleased to able to meet with members on the 4Cs and provide this service to the Conference.

The booklet on Records Management is available on our web site Records Management Guide. If you have questions about your church records, do not hesitate to contact us.

July 30, 2008

Jessica Steytler will be teaching for Simmons Graduate School for Library & Information Science (GSLIS) Continuing Education program again this fall/winter. Please contact Kris Liberman to register.


Archives 2.0

Saturday, October 4, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Simmons College, One Palace Road Bldg, Room TBA
Cost: $160

With the world gone mad for all things digital, it's hard to remember that many organizations are still struggling at the rudimentary levels of online activities and technical innovation. However, there is a great deal that a small institution can do with little or no money. Archivist Jessica Steytler will examine available options, illustrated by examples of her work at the Congregational Library (currently undergoing a transformation from quiet and sleepy library to study center of the future). Technologies that will be discussed are wikis, Google Documents/Partnership, Ning – the alternative to social networking, and RSS feeds.  Participants will have a chnce to explore these tools during the class.


Using Primary Sources: a Tutorial for Educators

Saturday, December 6, 2008
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Congregational Library
14 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

For directions see:
Room TBA

Learning about history can -– and should! -- involve more than just reading a textbook. There is a rich and varied world in manuscripts and archive collections that history books can never penetrate. However, finding a path through these collections can be intimidating, particularly when there are so few opportunities to navigate this 'raw material' of history. This workshop will walk educators through the wilderness of an archive at a basic level. We will discuss definitions, stumbling blocks, and gems that can be shared with their classes. Digital and paper examples will be given. Expect a lot of discussion; the more participants contribute from their own experiences, the better the workshop will be.

July 10, 2008

"A School of the Church" book coverJust published is a new book by our Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth. The book is A School of the Church: Andover Newton across Two Centuries, published by William B. Eerdmans for the two hundredth anniversary of the school.

July 3, 2008

Our next book discussion date has been changed to Thursday, July 24, 2008, noon - 1:00 PM. We will be discussing American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meachem.

July 1, 2008

The Congregational Library now has a page on Facebook. Check it out and become a fan. Get updates on the latest information we post. We look forward to having you join us.

June 24, 2008

Beginning July 1, Peggy Bendroth, historian and library director, teaches a 5 week course on the history of the Congregational denomination. Classes begin at 1:00 PM each Tuesday in July. The cost of the course is $75.00 for all 5 sessions. Scholarships are available. To register or for more information, please call Peggy at 781-523-0470 or email All interested persons are welcome.

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Plymouth Rock

What is this and why is it here at the Congregational Library?

June 20, 2008

The 54th Annual meeting of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches is being held in Plymouth, MA June 21-24. This week we've had several visits from members attending the conference. We are very pleased to have these visitors, provide a tour, and discuss with them what we are doing here. Our Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth, and our Archivist, Jess Steytler, will be in Plymouth this weekend and Monday. Stop by and say hello. Information regarding the library and archive will be available. If you are in Boston, please stop in at 14 Beacon Street. We continue to collect and preserve the rich history of the Congregational Way.