First Parish of Norwell - 375 Year Time Line

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Rev. John Robinson sends his congregation on their way from Holland to the New World.


Pilgrims land at Plymouth.

1620
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Puritans arrive in Boston.

1630
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Scituate Parish is gathered.

1634
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Second Parish of Scituate is gathered.

February 2, 1642
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First Meeting House of Second Parish of Scituate is built on Wilson Hill.


Rev William Witherell serves as first minister of Second Parish of Scituate.

1645
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Colonial population is 50,400.

1650
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Rev. Baker of Scituate and Rev. Witherell end feud between churches.

1660
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King Phillips War

1675 - 1678
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Second meeting house built at site of Second Parish Cemetery.

1680
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Thomas Mighill, assistant to Rev. Witherell.

1680 - 1684
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Rev. Thomas Mighill minister of Second Parish of Scituate.

1684- 1689
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“witches” hanged in Salem

1692
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Rev. Deodate Lawson minister (sort of).

1694- 1698
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Rev. Nathaniel Eells, minister.

1704 -1750
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In May Scituate grants petition by Second Parish for land to build a meeting house (3rd and 4th).


Third Meeting House built on triangle property off what is now Dover Street.

1707
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Rev. Jonathan Dorby minister.

1751 -1754
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Ben Franklin flies a kite.


1752
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Rev. David Barnes minister.

1754 -1811
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Treaty of Paris

1763
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John Murray preaches his first Universalist sermon in New Jersey.


Fourth Meeting House is built facing Dover Street in what is now the wooded area of the triangle property.


The Boston Massacre

1770
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The Boston Tea Party

1773
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Declaration of Independence

1776
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Constitution signed.

1787
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Surrender at Yorktown

1791
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John Adams elected president of the United States.

1797
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Thomas Jefferson elected president of the United States.

1801
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The Winchester Profession, a Universalist creed, with liberty clause, adopted.

1803
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Thomas Jefferson elected president of the United States.

1801
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The Winchester Profession, a Universalist creed, with liberty clause, adopted.


Lewis and Clark expedition (thru 1805).

1803
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Hollis Professorship at Harvard given to Henry Ware, a Unitarian.

1805
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Fourth Social Library of Scituate established.

1808
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Rev. Samuel Deane minister.

1810 - 1834
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War with England.

1812
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Indiana becomes a state on December 11th.

1816
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Rev. William Ellery Channing delivers sermon about Christian Unitarianism.

1819
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Erie Canal built.


American Unitarian Association formed.


John Quincy Adams, Unitarian, elected president of United States.

1825
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Fifth and present meeting house built on River Street.

1830
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The Alamo


First Sunday School started.


Cold Water Army formed and active.


Rev. Samuel Joseph May minister. (through 1842)

Samuel J. May 1836
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Rev. William Oxhard Mosely minister.

1843
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South Scituate Sewing Circle started.


Mexican American War (through 1848)


1846
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Rev. Caleb Stetson minister.


1848 - 1858
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South Scituate established.

1849
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California Gold Rush.


Millard Fillore, Unitarian, elected president of United States.

1850
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Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) founded with Unitarian help.

1853
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Henry A. Turner becomes Superintendent of the Sunday School and held the position for 60 years.

1855
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Dred Scott decision, slaves can't vote because they are property.

1857
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Rev. William A. Fuller minister.

1859 - 1864
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President Lincoln assassinated.

1861
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Parish member Abial Farrah, age 16, killed at Gettysburg.

1863
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National Conference Unitarian Churches founded (Rev Henry Bellows).


Rev. William H. Fish, minister (through 1885).


1865
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15th Amendment – Right to vote for all MEN.

1870
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James Library dedicated.

1874
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Battle of Little Big Horn


Alexander Graham Bell invents telephone in Boston.

1876
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Thomas Edison invents light bulb.

1879
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Rev. John Tunis minister (through 1889).



Statue of Liberty

1886
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Norwell established.

1888
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Jane Addams, Unitarian, founds Hull House, Chicago.


1889
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Rev. William H. Spencer minister.



Rev. Thomas Thompson, minister. (1891 - 1901)

1890 - 1891
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Plessy v Ferguson, Supreme Court affirms separate but equal.

1896
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Boston Subway completed.

1897
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USS Maine explodes in Havana Harbor, Spanish-American War.

1898
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Rev. Horatio Edward Latham minister.



1902 - 1905
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Wright Brothers fly.

1903
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Chester Arthur Drummond minister.


1906 - 1908
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Reed College founded with Unitarian help.


Rev. William E. Ennis, minister (through 1911).

1908
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William Howard Taft, Unitarian, elected president of United States.


NAACP founded.

1909
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Rev. Edward L. Houghton minister.

1911 - 1916
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World War I, US enters in 1917 (AUA forces ministers out who aren’t in favor of WWI).

1914 - 1918
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Rev. Howard Charles Gale minister.


1916 - 1920
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19th Amendment – Women can vote.

1920
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Rev. Alfred "Jimmy" Wilson minister.


1921 - 1947
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Scopes Trial (evolution lost but verdict over turned on technicality).

1925
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Black Friday – Great Depression begins.

1929

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Hurricane of '38.

1938
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WW II – US enters in 1941.

1939 - 1945
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Two atomic bombs dropped by US on Japan.

1945
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ENIAC (first computer) completed – weighed 50 tons.

1946
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Rev. Herman H Geertz, minister.


1948 - 53
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Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climb Mount Everest.


Rev. William Lovely minister. (through 1958)


1953
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Brown vs Board of Education, no more segregation.

1954
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Rosa Parks stays on the bus.


Parish Hall dedicated.

1955
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Rev. Victor H. Carpenter minister.


1959 - 1962
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Rev. Charles A. Engvall, minister.


1961 - 1963
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President Kennedy assassinated.

1963
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Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show.

1964
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Civil Rights Act signed.


Gulf of Tonkin Resolution – Vietnam War.


Rev. John M. Kolbjornsen minister. (through 1968


1964
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Rev. Kolbjornsen goes to Selma to march for civil rights – May 25.


Church School enrollment reaches 170 children.

1965
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Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated (Rev Kolbjornsen hangs black crepe over church door).


Bobby Kennedy assassinated.

1968
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Apollo 11 – first human on the moon.


Rev. Richard M. Fewkes minister (through 2000).


1969
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Became a teaching church.


Joyce and Jim Pickle married by Rev Fewkes in May.

1970
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Pentagon Papers published by Beacon Press.

1971
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Secretariat wins Triple Crown.


Roe v Wade

1973
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Sue and Dexter Robinson become members in January.


Richard Robinson dedicated.


Nixon resigns.

1974
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Marie and Jim Miller become members in September.

1977
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Blizzard of '78 – February.

1978
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Elizabeth Robinson dedicated in June.


Sue Robinson Director of Religious Education. (through 1983)

1979
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Megan Miller dedicated in April – Easter Sunday.


Chris Kitchenham visits First Parish Norwell for first time.

1980
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Rev Fewkes officiated at the wedding of Tom and Marie Osterland.


Evan and Barry Neely dedicated.


Church members put on excerpts from 4 musicals – continues each year to 1985.

1981
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First Parish Players present "My Fair Lady."

1982
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First Parish Players present "The Sound of Music."


Jefferson Cole Miller dedicated in December.

1983
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Virus causing AIDS discovered.


First Parish Players present "The Man of La Mancha."

1984
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First Parish Players present "Camelot."

1985
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Broke ground for addition.

1989
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Partakers involvement began.

1990
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First Gulf War.

1991
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Become a Partner Church for the Unitarian Church in Kadacs, Transylvania. (Rev Fewkes and Paul Coolidge visit)

1991
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FPNUU Celebrates 350 Years


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350th


Deane Howard and Joanne Babcock are married.

1992
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Rev. Elizabeth Tarbox diagnosed with cancer – writes farewell column in Quincy Patriot Ledger in May.


Matthew Shepard, a gay youth from Laramie, Wyoming is beaten and left tied to a fence post to die – Oct. 6th.

1998
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Rev. Jan Vickery Knost minister.

2000 - 2002
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First Parish is asked to lease land for building Friendship Home – controvery ensues.


First issue of The Unchained Spire is published in response to controversy over building Friendship Home – May 13th.


September 11 Terrorist attack.

2001
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Rev. Victoria Weinstein minister (first woman minister of church).

2002 - 2013
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Right to Marry passes in Massachusetts – May 18th.


Patti Walters and Mary Nickerson married June 17th.

2004
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Avery and Kai dediction.


Fab 4 – Dexter Robinson, John Meddaugh, Jim Miller and Peter Fairbanks celebrate their 60th with a fund raiser party for the Organ Fund.


Fab 4 Party 2007
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Barack Obama inaugurated as president.


Sonja Sotomayor first Latina sworn in as Supreme Court Justice.

2009
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Meeting House Organ renovation and expansion completed – December.


Organ Project

"Don’t ask, Don’t tell" repealed.

2007
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Houstons move to Norwell and start attending in the fall.

2011
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Solar Panels installed.

2012
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Boston Marathon bombings.


Rev. Len DeRoche minister (through 2015).

2013
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Michael Brown killed in Ferguson, Missouri.

2014
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Gay marriage legalized.


Rev Lise Adams Sherry called to First Parish of Norwell, UU.

2015
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Orlando Nightclub shooting.

2016
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375th Celebration Activities


The whole church year filled with celebrations to mark our 375 years of community, service, and worship.


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350th
logo 2016 - 2017 Church Year
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logo 2017