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St. Michael’s Church presents lecture series on heritage of Marblehead

Posted by boston.com  January 17, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Grace Friary Public Relations:

“MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS:  History and Heritage of an Early New England Community”, a three part lecture series on the social, cultural and architectural history of early Marblehead, will be presented as part of the 2014 Tercentenary celebrations sponsored by St. Michael’s Church.   

All presentations will be given by Marblehead residents – social and cultural historian Judy Anderson, February 26; author Robert Booth, March 11; and architect Edward O. Nilsson, April 30. Lectures will be held in St. Michael’s Parish Hall, 26 Pleasant Street, at 7:30 p.m. They are free, open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

For further information please contact Grace Friary Public Relations gracefriary@comcast.net  

On Wednesday, February 26 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.   

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

Robert Booth’s Tuesday, March 11 lecture is titled “Who Filled the Pews in St. Michael’s Church: 1714-1750?”  Booth, author of Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America’s Richest City (St. Martin’s Press, 2011), will discuss St. Michael’s first parishioners, who were an Anglican minority in a community with a Congregationalist majority.  The lecture will answer two important questions:  Who were the people who chose to belong to the poorest and smallest congregation in Marblehead? Why did they do so, and what was their place in a community that was evolving from a depressed fishing town to a wealthy seaport?

On Wednesday, April  30 architect Edward O. Nilsson will discuss “The Architecture of St. Michael’s: English and Dutch Antecedents.”  Founder and Principal, Nilsson + Siden Associates, Inc., Edward Nilsson serves as a member of the Tercentenary Committee at St. Michael’s Church.   

His visual essay will explore possible 17th century English and Dutch antecedents of the church, which is unique in American ecclesiastical architecture.  The presentation will also look at later 19th century modifications to the building fabric that renewed the worship environment to the liturgical practices of the day.

St. Michael’s Church Tercentenary year features concerts, lectures, a Symposium on June 7, and special services focused on the past, present and future of the 300 year old parish.  To learn more about the history and historic interior of St. Michael’s Church go to http://www.stmichaels1714.org/about_history.htm.

For further information, for a full list of tercentenary activities, to arrange interviews and for tours of St. Michael’s Church please contact Grace Friary Public Relations gracefriary@comcast.net  978-745-0184.

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