Virtual Program: “Preserving the Past: Stories from the Records of Philadelphia’s Historic Congregations”
Join us on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 PM. Long before Borough Hall, the State Archives or even Facebook gathered details on people’s daily lives, one’s church might be the only place making note of your birth, death, and milestones in between. The history held by these churches is a treasure, but a buried one. These houses of worship were designed to serve their congregants and a religious purpose, not the needs of academics and others searching for illumination of the past. Five years ago, Carol Smith and the Christ Church Preservation Trust undertook to unearth these treasures, hold them up to the light and place them where all could see it.
Carol’s work with Christ Church led to a major public-records project to publish the long-hidden records of more than a dozen of Philadelphia’s oldest congregations. She’ll recount these efforts and some of the stories discovered in her upcoming (virtual) talk at 7pm on November 15th. (Dave Stewart)
Book Club Discussion on November 29
VIRTUAL DISCUSSION on November 29 at 7:00 pm – HSH Book Club Discussion on The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough. Email the office at [email protected] to get the Zoom link to join the discussion.
The Historical Society’s headquarters building, Greenfield Hall, is now open for tours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm or by appointment. Please contact us at 856-429-7375 or [email protected] with any questions.