Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham.
Nowadays the Congregational Church of Needham saves copies of each week’s bulletin.
But that wasn’t always the case. Which is why whenever I come across a stray calendar from our first 100 years I can’t help but wonder why that particular bulletin was saved. What did the Church historian—or more likely, the Church Clerk—of the time want to record for posterity?
Consider the bulletin for the week of April 24, 1921. What prompted its inclusion in the archives?
Was it the special program featuring Stereopticon pictures and talk of France by Mr. Gordon that took place at 6 o’clock on Sunday, April 24, 1921?
Or the Church Service held by the Junior Temperance League on Monday April 25, 1921–a service that reminds us that the nation at the time was in the midst of Prohibition?
What strikes me this morning is the Song and Sermon Service on Sunday evening at which the Reverend Wheelock gave a presentation on the “Greatest Day in Needham’s History.” Wouldn’t you love to know which day he thought that was?