Church Calendar, Sunday April 24, 1921

Invented in 1850, a stereopticon was a slide projector with two lenses (also known as a magic lantern) that presenters could use to project two-dimensional images from glass slides. This image shows an 1895 Phoenix Stereopticon from the McIntosh Battery and Optical Company in Chicago. (Image via Wikipedia)

Nowadays we save copies of each week’s bulletin.

But that wasn’t always the case. Which is why whenever I come across a stray calendar from our first 100 years I can’t help but wonder why that particular bulletin was saved. What did the Church historian—or more likely, the Church Clerk—of the time want to record for posterity?

Was it the special program featuring Stereopticon pictures and talk of France by Mr. Gordon that took place at 6 o’clock on Sunday, April 24, 1921?

Or the Church Service held by the Junior Temperance League on Monday April 25, 1921–a service that reminds us that the nation at the time was in the midst of Prohibition?

What strikes me this morning is the Song and Sermon Service on Sunday evening at which the Reverend Wheelock gave a presentation on the “Greatest Day in Needham’s History.” Wouldn’t you love to know which day he thought that was?

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