StoryCube | Oral History

Second Church will leave New London July 14 and relocate in Waterford, CT

Why an oral history project?

Because: oral history is a “people snapshot” of a place and time that we want to remember.

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Second Congregational Church moved from its historic granite building at 45 Broad Street, New London. We now share space with the Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 70 Cross Road, Waterford. The move started to take shape during May 2013. The final service at Broad Street took place July 14, 2013. We changed our name to Waterford Congregational United Church of Christ by congregational vote on June 1, 2014.

The church has “downsized.” While starting over in a contemporary brick building is a true fresh start, members of the congregation have history and stories tied to their time at Broad Street—a time that stretches back over 145 years.

The Second Church Oral History Project gathers stories through the Green StoryCubeThe Second Church Oral History Project, more popularly known as the “StoryCube,” is gathering some of those stories. Its motto is Honoring history • Inspiring the future. A faithful people of God turns its face forward, without turning its back on the past.

We have modeled our StoryCube project after the national StoryCorps project. We are using high quality recording techniques and equipment to capture our stories. We have learned from the resources they have provided. But StoryCube is our own expression. It is not directly affiliated with StoryCorps.

We hope you enjoy the stories in this section, and that you will feel inspired to share some time with StoryCube yourself. Please send email to the StoryCube to make an interview appointment.[break][/break]


Oral Histories (Introduction and Audio File)

Oral history project: Nilla Palmer on teaching and learning at Second Church

Nilla Palmer has taught many Sunday School lessons during her life. She learned a few as well. Oral History Project. Excerpt.

Oral history project: Mabel Welch on a busy life at Second Church

Mabel Welch jumped into groups and projects at the church after medical retirement from full time employment. Oral History Project. Excerpt.

Oral history project: Sam Morrison on a life of leadership at Second Church

Sam Morrison tells our StoryCube Oral History Project about meeting one pastor and calling many others. He describes being invested funds chair. Excerpt.

Oral history project: Joe Cipparone on his young family's life at Second Church

Joe Cipparone tells the StoryCube Oral History Project about his young family growing up with Second Church in New London. Excerpt.

Oral history project: Winston Barrows on a Lifetime at Second Church

Winston Barrows tells the StoryCube Oral History Project about growing up and returning to Second Church in New London. Excerpt.

Oral history project: Sally Taylor on Moving to New London

Sally Taylor tells the StoryCube Oral History Project about her 1962 move to New London and the church she found there. An excerpt from the full interview.

Oral history project: Maddie Dowling on Extravagant Welcome

Maddie Dowling sat down with the Oral History Project StoryCube and told us about an extravagant Second Church welcome. An excerpt from the full interview.

Oral history project: Charley Scala on Being a Second Church Kid

Charley Scala sat down with the Oral History Project StoryCube and told us what it's like to be a kid at Second Church. This is an excerpt from his longer interview.

Oral history project: Joan Weigle on Banners

Joan Weigle sat down with the Oral History Project StoryCube and told us about how the enormous Broad St banners began. This is an excerpt from her longer interview.

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