‘Hidden Histories’ of Old Maine Churches To Be Digitized, Added To New England Archives

Posted by Jean-Yves on Apr 16, 2018

The history of the Congregational Church is the history of Colonial New England. Before the birth of the nation and the separation of church and state, the plain Congregational churches that date to the time of the Pilgrims and are found in every community in the region chronicled just about every aspect of life.

Yet that history remains largely scattered and hidden, tucked away in damp, unexplored corners of church buildings from the coast to the mountains. Now, with the help of a more than $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities being announced, the Boston-based Congregational Library and Archives Hidden Histories project is locating, securing, and digitizing church records from 1630 to 1800 and putting them online for anyone to peruse for free.

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I’m thrilled- can’t wait to start searching.

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