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From burlap sack to digital file, church records get makeover

“Six years ago, the people of First Congregational Church of Rowley in Massachusetts were convinced they’d lost their treasure. A 17th-century minister’s 664-page diary, and its rare detailed account of community life in early America, had been missing for nearly two decades. A local bank was cleaning out its vaults when a staffer opened a burlap sack marked “dimes” and found an old leather-bound book with strange handwriting inside. Sure enough, it was the long-lost diary of the late Rev. Samuel Phillips, whose keen observations of conflicts and concerns in the 1600s have now been digitized to ensure they’re not lost again. Then the phone rang.” (via The Washington Post)

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Struggling Boston church may cash in on rare 1640 book

“A Massachusetts church may sell a copy of the first book published in the American colonies – a volume sometimes called the Gutenberg Bible of America – to help sustain its 343-year-old ministry. The Old South Church in Boston plans to vote at a meeting on Sunday whether to sell one of its two copies of the book of psalms printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1640 and expected to sell at auction for $10 million to $20 million, Senior Minister Nancy Taylor said on Friday.”

via Reuters

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