Beacon Street Diary

May 22, 2007

Stephen Marini will be giving a lecture on “The New England Singing School and the Transformation of Congregationalist Praise, 1720-1800".

More information and registration on our website.

Call Beth Spaulding 617-523-0470 with any questions.

See you Thursday!

May 17, 2007

We wish to thank Rev. Yukimasa Ohmae for his generous donation of Japanese books that tell the story of Joseph Hardy Neesima and Doshisha University. With the assistance of a Simmons College GSLIS student volunteer, Youngmi Jeong, these books have now been cataloged. Youngmi has also created a special section in our Pratt Room to house these and several other Japanese books donated to us in the past. We hope that this will be of special interest to Japanese scholars and visitors to the library. Please search for these books in our online catalog.

Here is Youngmi with the collection:


Youngmi and Claudette

May 10, 2007

Registration from our for the CCHS Spring meeting is stlll open.

Contact Beth Spaulding 617-523-0470 x230 if you have questions or register on the website.

Please join us on May 24 for the Presentation of the Fagley and Guptil Awards, guided tours of the Hancock-Clark House and Lexington Green, and the Lecture by Stephen A. Marini on "The New England Singing School and the Transformation of Congregationalist Praise, 1720-1800." The cost is only $5.00.

May 8, 2007

We were pleased to host a tour led by Ann Vassall (Linda Palmer) yesterday. The group lead by Dr. Joel R. Beeke of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, MI heard our Associate Librarian, Claudette describe the history of the Library, the building and many of the portraits and artifacts in the Library.

May 7, 2007

From the Annual minutes of the ACA, 1939:

"In recent weeks the Library School of Simmons College has sent us one of its graduate students, Rev. Richard D. Pierce for a week of observation and practice which this school requires for all its students. Mr. Pierce who is assistant librarian at the Andover-Newton Theological School, proved himself a very capable student. In a letter recently received he spoke in a very complementary manner of our system. He wrote, in part, as follows: ' I feel that it was a week most profitably spent and will be useful experience in connection with my work here at Newton. Particularly do I admire the smooth-running system you have achieved both in charging out books and in serving reading room patrons. The charging system and the closed stacks are in a large measure, I think, responsible for the situation.'"

Both Jess and I were fortunate to have interns from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science concentrating in archives this Spring semester. Mike Thompson worked as our records management intern bringing order to local church histories in the Class 17.11.1. While Molly Whiteside applied her advanced archive skills on manuscript sermons by such preachers as Francis Foxcroft and Thomas Shepard II.

May 1, 2007

Softlink America is the vendor the library uses for its cataloging software. Softlink is one of the world's most well-respected library automation companies. Since the company's inception in Australia in 1983, over 10,000 libraries in more than 100 countries have installed one of Softlink's suite of library automation products.

Softlink announces that their Philanthropic effort will continue for 2007; however, with a modification. As usual, this is only available only to Churches & Synagogues in North America, Softlink will provide FREE of charge, Softlink library. Please be aware, that this offer cannot be extended to schools, whether or not connected to churches or synagogues. Additionally, support services are not included; however, are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Please contact a Softlink representative to get your copy today, 877-454-2725.

April 30, 2007

Registration for the CCHS Spring meeting is now open through our website.

Please join us on May 24 at 2:00 PM for the Presentation of the Fagley and Guptil Awards, guided tours of the Hancock-Clark House and Lexington Green, and the lecture by Stephen A. Marini on "The New England Singing School and the Transformation of Congregationalist Praise, 1720-1800". The cost is only $5.00.

Register on our website.

Read about Stephen Marini.

April 26, 2007

Another one of our well-received Seminars -- Research 101 for Church Historians -- was held on Friday. A very active group of church members representing historical councils and church historians from NH, CT, and MA attended. If you would like to attend a seminar, please let us know. Our archivist, Jess, is also willing to bring this seminar to your church or conference. The booklet used in this seminar is accessible on our website.

Thank you to all the attendees, we learn from you and hope you also learn from each other.

April 18, 2007

Henry Ward BeecherThe biography, The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, by Debby Applegate has won the Pulitzer Prize. This book is available at the Library. Reviews of this book can be found on If you wish to borrow this book from us, you can email or call 617-523-0470 to have this book mailed to you. Don't miss out on reading the story of one of the most famous 19th century pastors. 

April 13, 2007

The S. Brainard Pratt Collection by Claudette Newhall

Chained Bible coverJoin us from 12-1:00 on April 18 to explore the fascinating Bible Collection of Mr. Pratt. Learn the origins of his collections and see the 'chained Bible' and locket Bibles as well as a Bible for the Blind (not in Braille). Hear about the Guild of Bible Illuminators.

Bring your lunch and engage your mind in a wonderful part of the Library's history. Free. Everyone is welcome.