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The Church in Harvard Square: Introduction

Introduction

A series of 14 panels was prepared for installation in the narthex (vestibule) of the Meeting House of the First Parish and the First Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Unitarian Universalist). Here is an online version of that document which celebrates the history of the Church from the early seventeenth century to the early twentieth century.

It is hard to think of any other religious institution in the United States that embodies the heritage of American Civilization more vividly than the Church in Harvard Square.

The co-authors of the historic panels are three longtime members of the Church: Conrad Wright, Harvard University Professor of American Church History, Emeritus; Constance Kirwan, artist and graphic designer; and her husband, Ernest Kirwan, an architect and planner. The Designer of this website is Andrew Drane.

1) The Church in Harvard Square: 1636-1660 ... Beginnings1) The Church in Harvard Square: 1636-1660 … Beginnings 2) The Church in Harvard Square: The Church Gathering 2) The Church in Harvard Square: The Church Gathering 3) The Church in Harvard Square: The Church And College 3) The Church in Harvard Square: The Church And College
4) The Church in Harvard Square: Growing With The Community4) The Church in Harvard Square: Growing with the Community 5) The Church in Harvard Square: The Eighteenth Century5) The Church in Harvard Square: The Eighteenth Century 6) The Church in Harvard Square: Move toward Independence6) The Church in Harvard Square: Move toward Independence
7) The Church in Harvard Square: The Reverend Mr. Holmes7) The Church in Harvard Square: The Reverend Mr. Holmes 8) The Church in Harvard Square: The Great Controversy8) The Church in Harvard Square: The Great Controversy 9) The Church in Harvard Square: The Parish Becomes Unitarian9) The Church in Harvard Square: The Parish Becomes Unitarian
10) The Church in Harvard Square: A New Meeting House10) The Church in Harvard Square: A New Meeting House 11) The Church in Harvard Square: Defining Social Ethics11) The Church in Harvard Square: Defining Social Ethics 12) The Church in Harvard Square: For An Industrial Society12) The Church in Harvard Square: For an Industrial Society
13) The Church in Harvard Square: The Fifth Meeting House13) The Church in Harvard Square: The Fifth Meeting House 14) The Church in Harvard Square: Architectural Evolution14) The Church in Harvard Square: Architectural Evolution 15) The Church in Harvard Square: Outreach To The World Community15) The Church in Harvard Square: Outreach to the World Community

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