175 Years of History, Church, Community & University

We will have a great opportunity this Sunday to get a bigger picture of what has happened in the 175 year history of First Congregational. Beginning at 2:00pm Sunday, September 27th we will explore the history of the Church, Community and the University. We have three very qualified individuals to lead us through this history.

 David Mollenhoff, author of Madison: A History of the Formative Years, will lay the foundation for the discussion starting in 1840, and moving through the years until the 1930’s. He will set the stage of what was important in the community and university, how the community and university shaped the church, and how the church reflected the community and university through its members. During his five decades in Madison, David Mollenhoff’s professional careers have included adult education, public television, management consulting, state government, apartment management, real estate development, downtown development, and urban history. His civic leadership commitments have included the revitalization of the Marquette Neighborhood and Downtown Madison. Mollenhoff and his wife, Leigh, were the developers of The Fauerbach, the pioneer downtown condominium project.

Carol Toussaint will reflect on the church from the 1930’s to the mid-eighties. Carol has been associated with this congregation since being a student at UW (1947-51) where she was active in the campus ministry sponsored by First Church. Since joining in 1953 she has served as church school teacher, on a senior minister search committee, Moderator, Foundation board member, Stewardship board and capital campaign leader, usher, and with numerous ad hoc committees. Her community credentials include participation in business, civic and charitable organizations, city and state government, and as a consultant to several foundations.

Bringing us from the mid-eighties into the present will be Phil Certain. Phil and Melinda joined the church in the late 70’s when they were graduate students at UW. After graduation Phil joined the chemistry department faculty and Melinda taught in the math department, and still later Phil was dean of the College of Letters and Science. They have held many positions in the church, ranging from Sunday School teachers to moderators.

Introductions and moderating the Q&A will be Ellsworth Brown, member of First Cong. Ellsworth is the Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, WI. He is the former President and CEO, and trustee of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and also of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, which includes Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum.  

This is an incredible opportunity to learn about the history of First Congregational and the wider community. How did First Cong become who it was and is today? Thanks to Ellsworth Brown and Sue Jones for putting this program together for the community. Come and join us for a great presentation!


~ Eldonna Hazen


Posted on September 22, 2015 at 11:40 am in Featured Content.

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