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Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Carolyn Shreves was a dedicated member of the Congregational Church. Her husband's family had been devoted to the church from their arrival in America before the founding of Massachusetts. When Mrs. Shreves moved to the San Fernando Valley, she sought out others who were interested in creating a Congregational Church. This vintage postcard, given to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gary Fredburg in 2008, features the original architectural drawing of the new church's sanctuary building. Joyfully, they called their new congregation, The Congregational Church of the Chimes.
On the church's website, its members state: " Our Pilgrim ancestors endured persecution in England and migrated to Holland and then to these shores in quest of freedom to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences. Basic human freedoms were built into their religious and political life. This spirit of freedom, which they founded in their Congregational Churches, has continued to be a cherished principle."
You can contact the San Fernando Valley's Congregational Church of the Chimes by email at:
14115 Magnolia Boulevard - Sherman Oaks, California
Note: Your Museum's Library collects the histories of religious organization in the San Fernando Valley. We also have copies of The Mayflower Quarterly, that accounts for descendents of the early Pilgrims who now live in California.
"The San Fernando Valley deserves a great Museum of history and culture."

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