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The Greatest Showman:  The Complicated Legacy of P.T. Barnum

Hugh Jackman’s biopic of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman,” was released late in 2017 to record breaking box office success.  And while no one expects complete factuality from a biopic, many critics have been rightly alarmed by how the show “whitewashes” Barnum’s troubling relationship with the human side show “curiosities” that made him famous.   …

On Thanksgiving Day, Remember Fast Day: a feature by Dean Grodzins

 

Americans have forgotten Fast Day, although it once was as important a holiday as Thanksgiving. In fact, it was paired with Thanksgiving and considered its necessary complement.

Thanksgiving and Fast Day originated together in colonial New England. Most Americans think Thanksgiving celebrations started in 1621, when Pilgrim settlers and Wampanoag Indians feasted at Plymouth.…

Forbes, John Perkins (1855-1910)

John Perkins Forbes was born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, March 25, 1855. He attended the public schools of Middleboro, and was, for a time, a pupil in Middleboro Academy. Later the family moved to Westboro, Massachusetts, and there he began the study of law.…

How The Universalists And Unitarians Invented Christmas; Plus An Anthology of Historical Unitarian Christmas Stories

Harvard Square is delighted to present our first ebook, which includes an account of the Universalist and Unitarian role in giving shape to the American Christmas celebrations we know today. It also includes five classic Christmas stories by Unitarian authors, including Rev.…

Unitarian Politicians and Other Oxymorons: Lessons from the Life and Times of Adlai Stevenson

The Harvard Square Library is excited to present in time for this election season a special collection of documents pertaining to Adlai Stevenson and his Unitarian faith.   These documents have been made available courtesy of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Illinois (Joan Banks and John Muirhead, congregational historians; the documents are all available in the “links” column at the bottom of this post).

Water Rituals and Ingatherings, Revitalized


On the cusp of fall, many Unitarian Universalist congregations plan Water Celebrations and/or Ingathering Services as a way of reconstituting community life after the more relaxed pace of summer.  But while these services are common, they are not always deep.  Many have indicated dissatisfaction with these services:  water rituals reduced to monologues about expensive travels; ingatherings that vaguely celebrate the restarting of a church season that possibly felt like it never ended.  …

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UUA General Assembly Original Bylaws — 1961

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UUA General Assembly Minutes 1992

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UUA General Assembly Minutes 1991

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UUA General Assembly Minutes 1990

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Daniel Pinkham

Pinkham, Daniel (1923-2006)

Disclaiming any unusual precocity in music, Daniel Pinkham nevertheless recalls the routine of childhood piano lessons ... Read More
Frederic Huidekoper

Huidekoper, Frederic (1819-1892)

The subject of this sketch deserves an honorable place in the annals of the Unitarian ministry ... Read More
Alfred North Whitehead

Whitehead, Alfred North (1861-1947)

Biographical Introduction The twentieth century has produced few people whose achievements in the fields of mathematics and ... Read More

Throop, Amos Gager (1811-1894)

Amos G. Throop was the founder of the California Institute of Technology. Harvard Square Library presents below ... Read More