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Brown Bag Lunch: "Towards World Heritage"
Historic preservation, whether of landscapes or buildings, was an important development of the nineteenth century in many countries. There is, however, surprisingly little understanding about how it took place, and research into it is narrowly focused. Boston University Professor Melanie Hall edited Towards World Heritage: International Origins of Preservation a collection of essays that provides a more holistic view of this movement than ever before.
Join Professor Hall for a look at an example of that movement in our collections, an 1896 tour to from Boston to Britain sponsored by The Congregationalist. This tour was also the inspiration for our local historians' recent trip to Congregational sites in England.
More About Congregational Library
The Congregational Library is much more than just a library -- it's a museum dedicated to the religious history of Massachusetts. The Congregational Library was founded in the nineteenth century to collect the writings and information of the pilgrims and puritans.
Among the Library's vast collection are thousands of historical church records, sermons, pictures and Bibles, a seventeenth-century desk used by the pilgrims in England and a piece of the original Plymouth Rock.
Many visitors come to the library to search the huge collection of church-record obituaries in hopes of uncovering some information about their early American ancestors.
Visitors are welcome to conduct their research and peruse materials in the elegant and stately reading room. While visitors do not have access to the three cavernous floors of stacks, librarians on staff will happily retrieve any requested materials for them.
The Library has free WiFi and one computer terminal for searching the database as well as a traditional card catalog.
The Library is located on the second floor of the Congregational Library Building at 14 Beacon Street.