Category Archives: Tercentenary

May 4: Covenant Exchange Service At St. Michael’s

On Sunday, May 4th at 5:00 p.m. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will receive the Marblehead Ministerial Association’s Covenant from Grace Community Church during a special Evensong service at the 26 Pleasant Street church. People of all faiths are invited to attend, joining the congregations of the Ministerial association to observe the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Covenant which originated in response to a widely publicized incident of vandalism and desecration at Temple Emanu-El and at Marblehead’s Jewish Community Center. Since 1989 the Covenant has resided, on a rotating basis, in each of the houses of worship comprising the 13-member Marblehead Ministerial Association.

All are welcome to the May 4th service. Refreshments will be served.

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Sun 05/04/2014
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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St. Michael's Episcopal Church

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In 1989, the desecration of Temple Emanu-El and the Marblehead Jewish Community Center was a watershed moment for the entire community, as the stunning expression of hatred could not be ignored. The Marblehead Ministerial Association Covenant was written and signed as a pledge of honor by the houses of worship in the community to uphold the U.S. Constitution and freedom of worship and to stand united as communities of faith in opposition to all forms of bigotry, racism, and intolerance.

The Association’s 13-member organizations include the congregations and leaders of Marblehead’s religious denominations and also the Marblehead Counseling Center. Every year, the framed Covenant documents are passed from one congregation to another, symbolizing and re-affirming the Association’s purpose. As is customary, the Covenant Service takes place within the context of a worship service typically conducted by the hosting congregation.

Receiving the covenant in 2014 is especially important to St. Michael’s. Founded in 1714, the church is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year.

May 10: Parish Historians Society Annual Meeting

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.

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Sat 05/10/2014
All Day

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St. Michael's Episcopal Church

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March 29: An Antiques Appraisal Event “What’s It Worth?”

How much is that precious heirloom from your great aunt? Has your collectible increased in value? Bring 1 for $10 or 3 items for $25 to St. Michael’s Church on Saturday, March 29, 1pm- 5 pm for an verbal appraisal from Kaminski’s Auctions. Proceeds will benefit St. Michael’s 300th Anniversary. RSVP to office@stmichaels1714.org. Details below.

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Sat 03/29/2014
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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St. Michael's Episcopal Church

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April 30: Edward Nilsson on Architecture of St. Michael’s

The Architecture of St. Michael’s: English and Dutch Antecedents

Marblehead historian Samuel Roads stated that “The frame and all the materials used in the construction of the building were brought from England.” But not in the way Roads meant. Ed Nilsson, local architect with a keen interest in architectural history, co-chair of St. Michael’s Property Management Committee and a former Senior Warden of the church, speculates that the builders of St. Michael’s in 1714 were aware of the significance and meaning of the form that their religious building would take. This visual essay will explore possible 17th century English and Dutch antecedents of the church, one that is unique in American ecclesiastical architecture. It will also look at later 19th century modifications to the building that renewed the worship environment to the liturgical practices of the day.

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Date/Time
Wed 04/30/2014
7:30 pm

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St. Michael's Episcopal Church

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photo of Edward NilssonEd Nilsson is founder and principal of Nilsson + Siden Associates, Inc., Architects & Planners in Salem and serves on St. Michael’s Historic Church and Tercentenary Committees, the Marblehead Planning Board and the board of Historic Salem Inc.   His architectural work includes the adaptive reuse of the Charlestown Naval Yard and the development of Crosby’s Marketplace in Marblehead. He will be presenting a paper titled “No Place Like Home–Huxtable’s Ranch House as Her Housing Ideal” at the April 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Austin, Texas.

March 11: Robert Booth on “Who Filled the Pews 1714-1750?”

“Who Filled the Pews in St. Michael’s Church: 1714-1750?”

Robert Booth, author and researcher of original home owners in Marblehead, continues our lecture series on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm with a look at parishioners of St. Michael’s 1714-1750.

St. Michael Church’s first parishioners were different in many ways from most other Marbleheaders. To be Anglican was to embrace a different religious tradition from that of the rest of the town and the rest of New England, and to risk being marginalized by the town’s merchant employers, shipmasters, and shoremen, most of whom belonged to the First and Second Churches (post-Puritan Congregational). Who were the individuals and families who chose St. Michael’s, the poorest and smallest congregation in town? Why did they do so, and how did they fit into a place that was evolving from a depressed fishing town to a rich seaport?

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Date/Time
Tue 03/11/2014
7:30 pm

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St. Michael's Episcopal Church

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3-11-2014robertbooth-smRobert Booth, Executive Director of the national Center for Clinical Social Work, is a resident of Marblehead and the author of the book Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America’s Richest City, which won the New England Society of New York’s award as best book about New England published in 2011.

March 16: Nancy Granert Performs from Buxtehude, Bach, Satie and more

Our Tercentenary organ recital series continues Sunday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. with a concert by Nancy Granert, organist at both Boston’s Emmanuel Church and the Central Reform Temple of Boston. The concert is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 benefiting the Recital Series Fund. A light reception follows the concert.

Among the pieces Ms. Granert will perform are Praeludium in G minor by Dietrich Buxtehude; Sonata 5 in C major by C. P. E Bach; Prelude on “I love to tell the story” by Carson Cooman (b 1982); and pieces by Schumann, Woodman, Satie and J. S. Bach. Her full program can be seen at St. Michael’s main site.

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Date/Time
Sun 03/16/2014
5:00 pm

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St. Michael's Episcopal Church

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photo of Nancy GranertNancy Granert is the organist at Boston’s Emmanuel Church and Central Reform Temple of Boston. She served as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard, first with John Ferris, and then with Murray Somerville. During that time the Harvard University Choir released five CDs on which she is heard as accompanist and in solo works. She is still serving the church as its financial director.

Ms. Granert has spent three summers in Castello d’Empuries, Santiago de Compostela, and Salamanca in Spain, pursuing scholarly studies of Iberian organ music with Montserrat Torrent. Her interest in this area has taken her to Mexico several times to see and play many historic instruments. She has taught courses in the Interpretation of Spanish Organ Music in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has spent three weeks in Japan, giving several organ recitals in Tokyo and Nagoya, and participated in the International Organ Festival held in Nagoya and Shirakawa. She served as Dean of the Boston Chapter, American Guild of Organists from 1988–90 and as Treasurer for the National Convention held in Boston in June 1990.

  Nancy Granert received her undergraduate education at Oberlin College, studying organ with Garth Peacock and harpsichord with David Boe and William Porter.  She received her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying under Yuko Hayashi.

February 26: Judy Anderson on “Marblehead 1714″

Social and cultural historian Judy Anderson will speak about “Marblehead: 1714” – the year St. Michael’s Church was erected. Her illustrated talk will discuss community and social life of the period – including how Marblehead residents dressed and furnished their houses – and describe the many domestic and public buildings being constructed in the seaport town in the early years of the 18th century.

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Date/Time
Wed 02/26/2014
7:30 pm

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St. Michael's Episcopal Church

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Judy Anderson
Judy Anderson

Formerly curator of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion and a frequent lecturer on Marblehead topics, Judy Anderson is author of the award-winning Glorious Splendor: The 18th-Century Wallpapers in the Jeremiah Lee Mansion.