The 2014 annual meeting of the Parish Historians Society of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (PHS) will be held on May 10, 9:30am to 3:00pm in Massachusetts’ oldest Episcopal church building, erected 1714. We will review three centuries of change in architecture, liturgy and music, century by century with an afternoon workshop and “documents roadshow” led by Frances Harrell of the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC).
The Rev. Andrew Stoessel, Rector, Architect Edward Nilsson and Mark Edward Nelson, Music Director of St. John’s Gloucester, will present the overview with demonstrations of the C. B. Fisk Organ, Opus 69.
Robert L. Howie, Jr., Parish Historian Emeritus and former diocesan Registrar-Historiographer, will provide us a tour of St. Michael’s Archives Room, built in 1983 with its early 18th century records conserved by the NEDCC using various special techniques.
“Antiques Document Roadshow”—Frances Harrell of the Northeast Document Conservation Center will present an overview of preserving parish records and professional conservation techniques. There will be time for questions, and participants are encouraged to bring items—stable enough for travel—for discussion of care and handling.
All are invited to attend—Parish historians, parish administrators, music directors, choir members, church neighbors and others interested in the history of Massachusetts Episcopal churches and their preservation. The fee of $20 includes lunch. The registration form is in the PHS Spring 2014 Newsletter at the Diocese of Massachusetts website.
St. Michael's Episcopal Church