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“Puritans” and Others in 17th-Century Boston

September 26, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Prof. David Hall, Bartlett Professor of New England Church History Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School.

Professor Hall will show how the diaries of people such as Samuel Sewall and Cotton Mather along with the notebooks of John Hull, help us understand how early Boston functioned. These sources illuminate how puritans led their lives and how others disputed or agreed with them as some groups, such as merchants, were more attuned to England than to any local heritage.

Part 1 of the Paul Revere House’s 2023 Lowell Lecture Series. This series examines the impact of shifts in religious traditions on the evolution of the North End with regard to cultural expression, demographics, political affiliations, and economic status. The 300th anniversary of Old North Church and the 150th anniversary of St. Leonard’s Church signal an opportune time to look broadly at how religion helped shape neighborhoods, cities, and the nation.

All lectures are free and in person at Suffolk University. Live streaming will be provided at and Recordings for later viewing will also be available via GBH’s Forum Network.

Presented in partnership with GBH, the Suffolk University History Department, Old North Illuminated, and the North End Historical Society, with funding from the Lowell Institute. For more information, please contact or visit


September 26, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm


Paul Revere House
Suffolk University History Department
Old North Illuminated
North End Historical Society


The Commons, Sargent Hall, Suffolk University
120 Tremont Street
Bsoton, MA 02108 United States
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