Old South Encyclopedia

Old South Church in Boston, 1669-2019: A Concise Theological, Historical, & Whimsical Encyclopedia is now available for purchase! This encyclopedia is a fascinating chronicle of Old South’s unique place in Boston and America’s history. Produced as part of the 350th anniversary of the church’s founding, in a collaborative effort of over 100 contributors, the book’s 400 essays cover historic movements, notable people, timely issues, and tidbits and surprises across the centuries to the present day.

Illustrated, with cover art by Pam Roberts, it is dedicated to our former Church Historian, Evan H. Shu, of blessed memory. This 628 page hardbound book is It is printed on recycled paper and produced in the US. You can purchase your copy by clicking below. All proceeds to benefit (G)RACE Speaks, Old South's committee on racial justice.

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We extend a special thanks to the members of the Tell the Story Task Force who labored away at this for several years. This was a lot of work! A million thanks to Tell the Story chairperson, Liz Morgan, without whom we could not have done this; our Project Manager, Rebecca Pasipanodya who received, posted, and edited virtually every entry; Sarah Monsma-Billings, expert in editing and publishing; Laura Walker Dunn, English teacher and lover of books; Chuck Gerlinger and Larry Bowers, attorneys and historians; Erik Gustafson, who kept our minutes; and, not least, former Church Historian, Evan H. Shu, of blessed memory.