Building a Handsome Church
This one day Tercentenary Symposium brings together historians, architects, architectural historians, ecclesiastical scholars and the general public for a discussion of the 300 year old church in the context of Puritan New England and the Church of England throughout colonial America.
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Peabody Essex Museum
Latest Symposium Schedule (PDF format)
The symposium will be held in the Morse Auditorium at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts and is open to the public. The $75.00 registration fee includes a box lunch, afternoon tours of St. Michael’s Church including access to its crypt, belfry and archives, an exhibit and reception. Seating at the symposium is limited and early registration is encouraged. Please register below.
Chaired by Donald R. Friary, President, Colonial Society of Massachusetts and an historian of religion and architecture in colonial America, the Symposium will open with remarks by Robert L. Howie, Jr., St. Michael’s Parish Historian emeritus, and Chair of St. Michael’s Tercentenary Committee.
The morning will feature presentations by Stuart P. Feld, President, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., on “St. Michael’s Marblehead-From Widener Library at Harvard to London and Amsterdam and Back”; Christopher P. Magra, Associate Professor of History, University of Tennessee, on “Extravagance, Intemperance, Negligence in Religion, and Disorderliness: Marblehead, the Early Years”; and David D. Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History, Harvard Divinity School, on “Reliving the Past or Fashioning a Different Future? Anglicanism and Puritanism in Eighteenth-Century New England.”
Afternoon speakers will be Carl Lounsbury, Senior Architectural historian, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and College of William and Mary, discussing “The Church of England’s First Colonial Buildings: Virginia, 1608-1714″ and Louis P. Nelson, Associate Professor of Architectural history and Associate Dean for Research and International programs, University of Virginia, who will speak about “St. Michael’s, Marblehead: A Case Study in Atlantic Anglicanism.”
A discussion with three Marblehead historians – Judy Anderson, social and cultural historian; Tercentenary chair and Parish Historian emeritus, Robert L. Howie, Jr., and Bette Hunt, Town Historian, Marblehead – will expand on St. Michael’s experience in Marblehead. Tours of St. Michael’s and an exhibit with a wine and cheese reception will follow.
Register for the symposium online below or you may register through the church office at 781-631-0657 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online registrations will be open until 9 pm on Friday, June 6 and
walk-in registrations are welcome on Saturday. Lunch may not be available for those registering after Tuesday, June 3rd.
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