Washington Universalist history, bought in installments

I’m sorry to say I forget which blog entry I read that mentioned the new Google News Archive feature, but it has been fun to see century-old news stories available for instant download, though you only get so far in most cases before having to pay a fee to read the whole thing. You know the first search I made was universalist. Because the most archived paper is The Washington Post, most of the news is about the local Universalist parish and there are lots of interesting items that I didn’t know about. Here are two.

  • The Universalist Church (then The Church of Our Father) hosted a fundraiser with “selections from the various mandolin, banjo, and guitar clubs of the city” for victims of the 1893 collapse of Ford’s Theatre, which was then used as a government office building. (Link.)
  • Later in 1893, the Church of Our Father opened a mission extension (The Church of the Redeemer) in Capitol Hill “in Haines’ Hall, corner of Pennsylvania avenue and Eighth street southeast.” (Link.) I had never heard of it, and it must not have lasted long. I assume the building’s gone too, since that’s near the Eastern Market Metro station and the brutalist Hine Junior High School.

One Reply to “Washington Universalist history, bought in installments”

  1. yeah, it’s fun
    – I was going to mention my finding on my blog – but I’ll put a teaser here:
    which minister’s PR people (himself?) claimed to be one of the nation’s oldest minister?

    Yes, Scott knows the answer ……probably without guessing hard

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