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Friday, August 31, 2007

Announcement of the First Services Held in the Little Red Church of the Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church on July 9, 1876

Periodically I have posted items to the Historic Pelham Blog regarding the fascinating history of the church known today as Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pelham Manor. For a few of many such examples, see:

Thursday, August 16, 2007: Biographical Data About Rev. Charles Eliphalet Lord Who Served as Acting Pastor of Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1874-79

Tuesday, June 19, 2007: A Brazen Burglary at The Little Red Church in 1904

Monday, January 1, 2007: Dating an Undated Glass Lantern Slide Showing the Little Red Church (Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006: A Biography of the Rev. Henry Randall Waite, Ph. D., a 19th Century Pastor of Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church

Thursday, June 29, 2006: A Biography of Lewis Gaston Leary, Early 20th Century Pastor of Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pelham

Thursday, March 2, 2006: A Lecture in 1877 to Raise Money for the New Huguenot Memorial Church in Pelham Manor

Friday, January 27, 2006: Lectures to Raise Money to Build the "Huguenot Memorial Forest Church" Building in Pelham Manor

Monday, July 25, 2005: The Columbarium at Huguenot Memorial Church in Pelham Manor

Today's Historic Pelham Blog Posting transcribes a brief announcement that appeared in the July 7, 1876 of the New York Times. It announces the opening services on Sunday, July 9, 1876 in the "Huguenot Memorial Forest Church", known today as the Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Village of Pelham Manor. The date of the opening services was significant. It was the first Sunday after July 4, 1876 -- the nation's Centennial. The Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church is believed to be the nation's only "Centennial Church" -- a Church that was opened, in part, in celebration of the nation's Centennial.


There will be opening services on Sunday next in Pelham Manor in the Huguenot Memorial Forest Church, by the acting Pastor, Rev. C. E. Lord, at 10:30 o'clock. Subject, 'The Religious History of the Huguenots of the United States.' And in the afternoon at 5 o'clock there will be addresses by different clergymen from Mount Vernon, New-Rochelle, and Pelham Manor."

Source: Westchester County, N.Y. Times, Jul. 7, 1876, p. 8, col. 5.

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