The History of Center Church

Books of interest


For a history of the first three hundred years of Center Church:

A Puritan Church And Its Relation to Community, State, and Nation: Addresses Delivered in Preparation for the Three Hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of New Haven.  Oscar Maurer, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1938.  More info.


For an informal introductory booklet to the history of Center Church:

Center Church on-the-Green.  Bernard Heinz, New Haven: First Church of Christ of New Haven, 1976. Copies available in the Church office.


For a fictional account of the founding of New Haven Colony and Center Church:

Untie the Winds.  Jean Clark, New York: Zebra Books, 1776.  More info.


For a study of the Native Americans who met the English settlers in 1638:

Whatever happened to the Quinnipiacs? A Historical Narrative of these Native Americans Before and After the Settlement of New Haven in 1638.  Doris B. Townshend, East Haven, CT, Minuteman Press, 2008.  More info.


For an understanding of the Puritan view of death:

The Puritan Way of Death: A Study of Religion, Culture, and Social Change. David E. Stannard, New York: Oxford University Press, 1977.  More info.


Welcome Joy: Death in Puritan New England.  Gordon E. Geddes, Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1981.  More info.


For an introduction to early New England cemeteries:

Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and its Symbols.  Allan I. Ludwig, Middletown, CT, Wesleyan University Press, 1999. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977.  More info.


For a study of the Puritan lifestyle:

Puritans at Play: Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England.  Bruce C. Daniels, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.  More info.