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"What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself."

Mollie Beattie, American Conservationist

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Who We Are and What We Do

The 1636 Heritage Partnership, Inc. is a secular non-profit organization that works to preserve the Meeting House and Church House of The First Church of Christ in Hartford. The organization offers educational programs to promote the appreciation of the buildings and to raise funds for their restoration and preservation. The new non-profit received its federal 501(c)3 tax exempt status in August 2019.

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Thanks so much for coming to our summer tours! There's so much history and beauty to be found at Center Church. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about upcoming programs!

Please contact us if you’d like to arrange a tour of the Church House for your group. 

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Join Us!

Take an active role in supporting our local community!

We are actively seeking a member of our local community to serve on the Board of Directors for the 1636 Heritage Partnership! As a Board Member, you will join a team of like-minded individuals committed to the enrichment of downtown Hartford through our mission to preserve the Meeting House and Church House which serve as a community center for social interaction, education, and the arts. This secular, registered 501(c)3 organization is responsible for the planning, fundraising, and execution of preservation and maintenance projects for these nationally registered historic buildings.

Please reach out to Richard Markham, President at to learn more!

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The 1636 HP Awarded Grant by CT SHPO

Call For Aid!

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It Started Here

The First Church of Christ in Hartford, also known as Center Church, was founded in 1636. The church has two buildings: the Meeting House (1807) and the Church House (1909). The Meetinghouse serves the congregation and the city as a worship and event space. The Church House provides the congregation and the community with space for meetings and educational, artistic, and social service programs. Both buildings are registered as National Historic Landmarks.


History of the Buildings

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History of the People

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60 Gold Street, Hartford CT 06103

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