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Boston Charter Day This Weekend

In honor of the founding of the three oldest towns in Massachusetts – Boston, Dorchester, and Watertown, the Partnership of Historic Boston is celebrating with talks, tours, exhibitions all on the subject of 17th Century Architecture.  The programs look fantastic:

Thursday, September 15, Lecture
Built in the Massachusetts Bay Colony: 17th Century Architecture
Boston Public Library

Friday, September 16, Lecture
Discovery and New Challenges of Restoration
The Bostonian Society

Saturday, September 17, Tour
Tour two Historic New England Properties
The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury and the Rocky Hill Meeting House in Amesbury
(Reservations required; cost $65 per person]

Sunday, September 18, Church Service and Lecture
From Stone to Timber:  Meeting Houses in the New World
The First Church in Boston

Sunday, September 18, Walking Tour
Boston Founders Walking Tour
Tours start from the First Church in Boston

September 15 through October 9, Exhibition
Enduring Legacies of 17th Century Architecture in Massachusetts
Boston Public Library, Rare Book  Room

For more information, view the flyer or visit the Partnership of Historic Boston’s website.


Tips for Researchers: The Harvard Square Library

Dorothy Tilden Spoerl was born in Brooklyn. She was ordained a Universalist minister in 1929. Most famous as a religious educator, she was also co-author with Sophia Lyon Fahs of the popular Beginnings of Life and Death and Beginnings of Earth and Sky. In 1966, Spoerl became adult programs editor for the Unitarian Universalist Association. From This Day in Unitarian Universalist History, by Dr. Frank Schulman.

The Harvard Square Library is a online resource on Unitarian Universalist History maintained by the First Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The site features several biography sections, including  notable Unitarian Americans from 1740 to 1900 (John and Abigail Adams, Margaret Fuller, Susan B. Anthony to name just a few of the list of 100) and from 1936-1961 (May Sarton, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Adlai Stevenson are among the 150 people profiled).    There is a daily feature called ” This Day in Unitarian Universalist History,” in which people and events are profiled throughout the year.

There are also several resources on the City of Cambridge, including the poets of Cambridge and an illustrated  version of the 1801 publication of the History of Cambridge by Abiel Holmes, minister of First Church, father to Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr. (physician and author) and grandfather to Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr. (United States Supreme Court Justice).