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.

Transcribe an 18th-Century Document

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excerpt from "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way" (1861) by Emanuel Leuteze
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Speaker: Christopher C. Child

Since the first settlers arrived in New England in the 17th century, there has been movement and migration — first within New England, then to New York, the mid-west, and beyond. Understanding...

News & Highlights

The newest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories digital collections all fall under the theme of church governance.

This collection includes material from the West Medford, Mystic, and Union Congregational Churches.

This month's new addition to our New England's Hidden Histories program is from South Farms parish, Litchfield, Connecticut (now a separate town called Morris).

The Trinity Church, also known as First Congregational Church, was established in 1820 and closed in 2014. This collection documents the history of the organization, including meetings; membership; anniversary celebrations; and church life.