History Blog

Ashes to Ashes. “Those who are worn out and crushed by this mourning, let your hearts consider this: this is the path that has existed from the time of creation and will exist forever.” A brief personal reflection on memory, mourning, death, and the crypt, written on Ash Wednesday.

A not-so-blue Christmas this year. Our soul-patched Rev. Davenport declared his War on Christmas hundreds of years before it was cool. An invitation to our Lessons and Carols service at 10am this Sunday (and Silver Tea afterwards at the Parish House at 311 Temple St.) and a church history blog article all in one.

11/24/2016 This Day in New Haven History: Thanksgiving at Center Church. [Podcast.] WNHH Community Radio. Hosts Allan Appel and Jason Bischoff-Wurstle of the New Haven Museum chat with Center Church’s acting minister, Kevin Ewing; church historian Michelle Georgevich; church clerk Nancy Mellone; and one of the church’s deacons Demeka Anderson about Thanksgiving at Center Church.

Includes the story about the cup–donated by Abigail Davenport, who is buried in the crypt–that survives the 1779 British invasion through the hands of a girl small enough to be lifted up into a chimney; a long-standing Crypt Committee member and church layleader wryly stepping in with a “well actually” after the words “spooky” and “haunted” are used one too many times to describe our position over the ancient burying ground; and our youngest deacon (who just had her baby baptized here) talking about how she could see Center beckoning out to her from from her home windows for years before she joined, among other topics.

The only ghosts on these grounds are all Pokemon.   Halloween 2016. A whimsical little love note to Center and the old New Haven Colony, featuring our grounds. (A walk past our exterior memorials and markers is a mini-tour back into the earliest history of both the church and the New Haven Colony–here’s your pictorial guide.)

Bell ringing on the New Haven Green. August 2016. Memorial bells, fire bells, rogue curfew bells, bell ownership split between two churches like a metallic “judgement of Solomon” baby because that’s what “church interdependence” looked like in 18th century Connecticut…it’s all here, for those of you also curious about the church (and early history) above the crypt.