A Semi-centennial Address Delivered in the Universalist Church, Salem, Mass., Thursday, August 4, 1859: On the Occasion of Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church and the Installation of Rev. Edward Turner, Both of which Took Place June 22, 1809
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This semi-centennial address delivered in the Universalist Church, Salem, Massachusetts in 1859 is an important historical work that will entertain and engross casual and serious historians and scholars and gossips alike. The work documents, the whole of social relations of an era from approximately 1800 to 1859. In this work you can find the names of citizens, their financial dealings, their perspectives on their fellow citizens, and their aspirations.
For me, this work is a treasures trove that links names and families to the founding of the First Universalist Society of Salem, FUSS, of 2011. This work documents the people who founded the Society and their ideals which are very much the same ideals of FUSS 2011. This document shows everything from the founders’ financial contributions to facilitate their ideals, the cost of construction, their evaluations of their leaders for the first fifty years, and their perspective on their place in history. This work can be mined for years and yield great insight to an era and an institution, the First Universalist Society of Salem, FUSS.
Thomas J Costagliola