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"No other books on Congregationalism explains its growth outside New England with this much depth and insight." Bulletin of the Congregational Library (Fall, 2012)
Congregational Churches, the heirs of the Pilgrims and Puritans, were the largest religious group in America at the time of the American Revolution. From the nation's first college (Harvard) to America's first ordained African-American clergyman (Lemuel Haynes) Congregationalism has been in the forefront of the nation's religious experience.
Use our regional histories to discover Congregationalism's impact in your part of the country and beyond. Look through the church directories to learn about congregations near your home or that may have served your forebears.
Each of the seven volumes also summarize other closely related congregations. Because of the historic association of Congregationalists and Presbyterians in the volumes covering New England, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the Western Reserve of Ohio you'll also find all regular Presbyterian Churches organized by 1837, and New School congregations to 1852. All churches that moved between the two groups are included for the rest of the country.
Each volume includes:
All Unitarian Churches formed by 1850.
Post-merger Congregational Christian Churches formed between the two national mergers (1931 and 1957).
United Church of Christ and continuing Congregational Christian Churches begun after the 1957 merger.
When you move your cursor to Congregational Churches in the menu on the left, you will get a sub-menu that lists each volume. Click on the name of the region of interest to see detailed information for each volume. The regions are:
New England (6 states)
Middle Atlantic (3 states)
Great Lakes (5 states)
Plains (7 states)
Southern States (16 states and the District of Columbia)
The West (13 Mountain and Pacific states).
Partner Churches (Churches outside the U.S. directly related to churches here.)