Partnership of Historic Bostons

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From Theology to Commerce:

the First Three Generations of 17th-century Boston

The 800 Puritans who reached Massachusetts in 1630 constructed their first crude shelters in this “howling wilderness.” Between scurvy, harsh weather, and other hardships, half of those original arrivals perished or returned to England that first year. For those who remained, the first years were lessons in survival and adaptation. But as daily life became more stable, patterns of social structure and cultural values had space to emerge.

This year’s Partnership of Historic Bostons theme, From Theology to Commerce: the First Three Generations of 17th-century Boston, goes beyond the stereotype of the disapproving Puritan and explores how they arranged their society to reflect their feelings on social and religious status.

In this series of free presentations, panel discussions, and a brand-new walking tour, we’ll visit the first three generations of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1635 to 1686.  From slave ships to resisting royal demands to fashion (and more!), we’ll get a nuanced view of how the issues and concerns of a maturing Puritan settlement influenced its social structure.

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From Theology to Commerce: the First Three Generations of 17th-century Boston is presented by the Partnership of Historic Bostons, a non-profit, all-volunteer group which brings to life the people and ideas of 17th-century Massachusetts. Join us!

Below the completed programs, you will see a list of our partners
without whom we could not do this work.
Charter Day happens each year because of the monetary support of the Winthrop Society, our PHB Members, and the in-kind support of local historical organizations.  The PHB is grateful to all who help.  We invite everyone to visit these great sites online and in person.

The Winthrop Society, major supporter of the Partnership of Historic Bostons, is dedicated to honoring and preserving the memory, philosophy, and tradition of the Puritans and transmitting their example of courage, faith, civic duty, and integrity.

The Winthrop Society currently consists of descendants of the first settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It is open to all men and women of good character and proven descent from one or more passengers of the Winthrop fleet, or of others who settled in the Bay Colony and down east by the end of 1640.

The Society site has Puritan documents available to all under Texts.

Boston Public Library
The Bostonian Society
Church of the Good Shepherd, Watertown, Massachusetts

Dorchester Historical Society

Downtown Boston Residents' Association
First Church in Boston
Historical Society of Watertown
Massachusetts Historical Society
National Park Service
New England Historic Genealogical Society  American Ancestors
Old North Church and Historic Site
Old South Meeting House

Park Street Church
Redeemer Fellowship Church, Watertown, Massachusetts

Why September 7?
In 1630, a  Puritan fleet of 11 ships with nearly 1,000 passengers sailed for New England with the Charter from King Charles I.  Many Puritans settled at Trimountaine on the Shawmut Peninsula.

About 10 percent of Boston, a port city in Lincolnshire, England, came to Trimountaine including five future Governors. Bostonian Thomas Dudley suggested that Trimountaine be renamed after the English town. The Court agreed, and on September 7, 1630, the new town of Boston came officially into existence as the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  On the left is St. Botolph's Parish Church in Lincolnshire, known as The Stump. 
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