New England's Hidden Histories

Congregational church records are an unparalleled source of information about the religious activities of the early colonists, and about many other aspects of early American life. The Congregational Library and Archives, in partnership with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale is currently preserving these records and making them available to the public.
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gravestones in the Granary Burial Ground
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Epidemics and Awakenings in the First Congregational Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1735-1740

In May of 1736, John Boynton of Haverhill, Massachusetts, proclaimed to...

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Rev. Dr. Llewellyn (Lelly) Parsons Smith is a retired minister in Massachusetts. She has given her time to a number of groups over the years, including the Mass.

The latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program come from two churches that have survived many changes.

 

There are two new additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program, both of which have experienced changes in geography since their creation.

 

We are pleased to announce two new additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program — the early records from West Parish Church in Barnstable, and a volume of advice from an anonymous man facing his own mortality.