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Liturgy & Holidays

The Harvard Square Book

This series offers a collection of five “chapters” about Harvard Square, collected into a book by Herbert F. Vetter in 2007.

Historic Hymnals

HSL is excited to publish online historic hymnals from different eras of Unitarian, Universalist, and liberal religious history. We currently feature two hymnals from the late nineteenth century: Unity Festivals, published by the Western Unitarian Sunday School Society, and Orders of Service for Public Worship, as well as two from the mid-twentieth century, We Sing of Life and We Speak of Life.


Notable in UU History
Emerson’s first grandson, Ralph Waldo Forbes, enjoying the company of his two grandfathers, Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Forbes. Emerson’s family gave him enormous comfort in his declining years.  Courtesy of the Concord Free Public Library

Emerson’s Declining Years & Legacy

The Living Legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson After a lifetime of struggle with illness, Emerson’s health ... Read More
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Mary Porter Tileson Hemenway

1820-1894 The Life of Mary Porter Tileson Hemenway Mary Hemenway was born in New York of ... Read More
John Bartlett

John Bartlett (1784-1849)

John Bartlett was born in Concord, Mass., on the 22nd of May, 1784, being the fourth ... Read More
George Ticknor

Notable American Unitarians: Education — George Ticknor

George Ticknor, 1791-1871 After George—then only ten years old—was interviewed by the president of Dartmouth College, ... Read More