Ashley Bowen's view of Marblehead

Lecture Series Overview

Tercentenary Lecture Series

We will bring together scholars, noted historians, friends and the general public for an historical symposium as well as a series of about six talks focusing on the history and future of St. Michael’s. We will start with Marblehead social history in the early eighteenth century.

Other topics include the church’s architecture—English and Dutch antecedents, similarities and differences with New England meetinghouses and other Anglican colonial churches, and changes over time. Other talks will be on the social and religious context for the formation and development of St. Michael’s in Marblehead and our relationships to other religious organizations in town. The series will also include talks that look at the future of the Episcopal Church. All events will be held at St. Michael’s Church unless otherwise noted.

February 26, 2014

Judy Anderson, social and cultural historian, “Marblehead: 1714

March 16, 2014

Robert Booth, social historian, “Who Filled the Pews in St. Michael’s Church: 1714-1750?

April 30, 2014

Edward O. Nilsson, architect, “The Architecture of St. Michael’s: English & Dutch Antecedents

May 10, 2014

Frances Harrell, Robert L. Howie, Jr., Douglas R. Major, Edward O. Nilsson, the Rev. Andrew J. Stoessel, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Parish Historians Society Annual Meeting

June 7, 2014

Stuart P. Feld, Donald R. Friary, David D. Hall, Robert L. Howie, Jr., Carl Lounsbury, Christopher P. Magra, Louis P. Nelson et al, “Building a Handsome Church: St. Michael’s Church, Marblehead, 1714, A Tercentenary Symposium,” Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

November 9, 2014

The Very Rev. Dr. Katherine H. Ragsdale, President and Dean, Episcopal Divinity School, “Disrupting the Inspirational Imagination: A Seminary for the 21st Century”

January 11, 2015

The Right Rev. Dr. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop of Connecticut, “Whither the National Church–Revisited: Changing Mission Structures of the Episcopal Church”