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History and Archives

As the birthplace and keeper of the flame of congregational humanism, First Unitarian Society holds a treasure trove of humanist history. 

Addresses given by past ministers – John Dietrich, the “father of American Humanism”, and Carl Storm – are available at the FUS Archives website for reading. Addresses are in PDF format for downloading. The Archives also contains some audio files and photos.

A Minnesota Historical Legacy grant awarded to First Unitarian Society in 2017 and 2018 enabled us to create a spreadsheet of Rev. John Deitrich’s talks to navigate with keywords and titles, to the Rev. John Dietrich talks in our archives. This will eventually become a database with direct access to each individual talk.

Rev. David Breeden and member Fred Olson contributed the history of First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis congregation in Wikipedia.

Our original Articles of Incorporation First Unitarian Society make for interesting reading.


FUS Archives

Read “The Breath of Life” by Henry Simmons

Read “Yes But Is It Religion” by Carl Storm

Reach out

The FUS archives committee keeps historical information in the physical archives at FUS. Contact Wendy Jerome for access.

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