Introduction to the Book: A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England
Photographs by Paul Wainwright
Foreword by Brent Glass, Director Emeritus at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian
Principal Essay by Peter Benes, Founder and Director of the Dublin Seminar on American Folk Art at Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts
Commentary by William Earle Williams, Professor of Photography and Head of the Art Department at Haverford College.
Slideshow Music by William Billings (1746 - 1800)
Music performed by Christopher Drelich, piano
Running time: 3 minutes 36 seconds
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About the Music:
William Billings was the first American-born composer, and he was instrumental in bringing music back into Puritan worship. His hymns reflect the deep faith and simple lives of the people who built and used the meetinghouses.