When an organization's job is the care and wellbeing of hundreds of years of history and tradition, it's important to find ways to share our most treasured things with our support network. We want to bring to life an idea or person who has been gone for hundreds of years, particularly with our supporters who have not had the opportunity to delve into that chapter of our story. We call these moments "Visitor from the Stacks".
Our latest visitor graced us during our board meeting earlier this week. In honor of our upcoming Mather Redux symposium, our own board member, Charlie Hambrick-Stowe, took on the mantel of the late, great Cotton Mather. Speaking as Mather, Rev. Stowe spoke to his audience about the great man's life. In reality, I fear Mather did not have telepathy or cleansing fire, as was imagined in comic book form. However, his piety, extensive work, and passion are more complex and varied than general culture usually discusses.
Thank you again to Rev. Hambrick-Stowe for donning robe and wig and providing a window into Cotton Mather's humanity.
For more information on Mather Redux: New Perspectives on Cotton Mather, please see our Program & Workshop Schedule page.