Beacon Street Diary

June 17, 2008

There is still time to reserve a spot for this week in the walking tour led by Library Director, Peggy Bendroth. She will guide participants to the city's famous Congregational landmarks from Old South Church to Park Street.

If interested, call Peggy at 617-523-0470 or email her The cost is $10 for a 90 minute tour like no other in Boston. Hope you will join us on one of these dates: June 19, June 23, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 7, August 14, August 21, August 28.

June 11, 2008

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June 11, 2008

A new workshop, "New Technologies in Church Settings" is being offered Monday June 16. Spaces are still available, so please review the seminar page on our website and sign up.

This class will walk participants through the definitions and explore how to use the following:

  • RSS feeds
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Google Applications
  • Alternatives in Social Networking

We will offer this class again in the fall as well.

A technical/meta note: We had been having issue with our "info" email address. It should be fixed now.

May 30, 2008

Antoinette Brown Blackwell After a hiatus, we have added a new podcast to our Instant History section of our website. Find out more about the remarkable Anoinette Brown Blackwell.

Highland Church
Additionally, the Highland Congregational Church, which closed in 2006 and was processed by Simmons Intern Alina Morris has its guide on our website, at long last.

May 21, 2008

New Technology in Church Settings
June 16, 9:30am-2:30pm

Jess_001Archivist Jessica Steytler ( leads this 3/4 day seminar on internet based technologies. This class will be very helpful to anyone within a church setting trying to improve communications within the office or with committees/groups; managing online reading/fact-finding; interested in creating an online community specifically for your church or region. All the new tools explored do not require any financial commitment beyond having a computer and an internet connection. Specific technologies under discussion include wikis, the NING social networking site, RSS feeds, and blogs.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop for the practical applications. Lunch included
Cost: $20 per person
Limit: 10 people per session

QUESTIONS: Call 617-523-0470

May 16, 2008

Jessica Steytler will be offering her advice at the UCC Massachusetts Conference WebFest on May 31. She will be discussing "Intra-church communication through your site" during one of the morning slots. Featured tools will include: Wikis and the NING social networking site, and Google applications. There will be a lot of opportunity for collaboration and asking questions.

May 14, 2008

There is still time to register for the workshops scheduled for May 20, 2008. "Where do I start?" a seminar on research using the collections of the Congregational Library and "Records Management" a seminar for church historians and other record keepers are each a half day. You can sign up for one or both. Lunch is on your own. See our website for registration or email administrative assistant Sarah James

May 9, 2008

Our Brown Bag Book Discussion will take place Tuesday, May 13 at 12 Noon in the Library's Pratt Room. Please bring your lunch and join us for a lively discussion of one of the infamous Salem Witch Trial judges. If time and weather permit, we will take a short walk to the crypt of the Sewall family in the Granary Burial Ground behind us. Or you can look out our Reading Room windows and view the site.

Here are some links to reviews of this book. We look forward to hearing your comments:

New York Times Review of Eve LaPlante's Salem Witch Judge.

Eve LaPlante's website

Boston Globe Review of Salem Witch Judge.

May 2, 2008

Beginning June 2, 2008, the Library will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Wednesday from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. We will be continuing to offer later hours by appointment.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

April 23, 2008

We are pleased to announce that we have received a grant in the amount of $18,000 from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. This grant will assist us in our pilot digitization project to digitize Hal Worthley's inventory of church records and begin digitizing some of the Seventeenth century records from Massachusetts churches in our archives. We thank the Wilson Foundation for their generous support.