On a fall day in 1838, a cortege wound through the streets of Newburyport, Massachusetts, headed for Old South Presbyterian Church. A box contained the humerus bone of eighteenth-century English preacher George Whitefield, who had been previously interred in the basement crypt of the church following his death in September 1770. The reinterment ceremony restored the bone, which had been pilfered by a British admirer of Whitefield's, to its former resting place. ParrJessica_InventingGeorgeWhitefield.jpg This nineteenth-century memorialization was the latest in…Find out more »
David M. Powers will speak about William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield, MA. Two things stand out about Pynchon's life: he enjoyed uniquely positive relationships with Native peoples. And he wrote the first book "Banned in Boston," and publicly burned in the market place, where the Old State House is today. Powers has written the first book-length study of William Pynchon, entitled Damnable Heresy: William Pynchon, the Indians, and the First Book Banned (and Burned) in Boston. It traces the…Find out more »
Cheers to the 21st Amendment! Join the Congregational Library & Archives for an evening of trivia, mingling, food, and drink (non-alcoholic Prohibition-era cocktails available!) for our latest Late Night at the Library! Bring your friends and wittiest trivia team name for a night of fun and merriment. As always, the event is free and open to the public, but donations are always welcomed. Trivia begins at 630PM but people can stop by at any time. Please RSVP on Eventbrite.Find out more »
The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives will present a cultural and theatrical program in association with the bicentennial of the departure of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions’ (ABCFM) Pioneer Company from New England to the Sandwich Isles (Hawaiʻi) in 1819. The story of ʻŌpūkahaʻia is instrumental in understanding the history of 19th century Hawaiʻi and its connection to New England. Moses Goods, one of Hawaiʻi’s finest actors, presents a theatrical performance which portrays the personal journey that Henry Obookiah experienced and the long-reaching influence…Find out more »
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.