A soft rollout.

It's about time to reintroduce this project to church members. We've been collecting the history and images of South Church for over a year, and our Keynote presentation is growing long. Today we introduced members of the "Afternoon Circle" to some of our historical research. 

This was an opportunity to present topics in more depth than we might have done with an audience less familiar with the church: the rivalry and collaboration of Newport's wealthiest businessmen, the gradual separation of church and state, and the truncated pastorate of the Rev. James Ripley Wheelock, grandson of Dartmouth College's Eleazar Wheelock—dismissed a week before the brick church's dedication. These are all topics that won't get much mention in the "real" presentations but are good sidebar stories that we might use for articles in local media.

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