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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News & Highlights

Davida Foy Crabtree was active with the United Church of Christ beginning in her teenage years. As a student in the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was deeply involved in the social change movements prevalent to this era.

We are pleased to announce the latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program. Although they come from some of the oldest churches in Massachusetts, their earliest records have been lost.

The South Congregational Church was established in 1868; it was a formalization of what M. C. Andrews and J. B. Fairfield started in 1852 when they established a Sunday School. Over the years, the church went through many changes before closing in February 2015.

We are pleased to announce the latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program. All three happen to be from churches that are now known by names that are different from the ones they chose when they were founded.