Notes by John Pynchon, son of Springfield’s founder William Pynchon, have been decoded to reveal what the Rev. George Moxon had to say in the 1640s. This rare resource virtually transports us back to Sundays in Springfield in the days of its first minister. The presentation includes a description of the three extant sets of Pynchon notes, the process of deciphering them, and the themes which occupied the community in the first half of the 17th century – from hunger and poverty, to parenting, to governance of church and community, to dealing with spiritual struggles. The notes reveal Moxon to be an able, engaging speaker who offered encouragement – and challenge – to the growing plantation he faithfully served.\
Presented by David M. Powers, author and Springfield native
Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.