Birth of the Presbyterian Church

Steve Douse of Independence Drive, class of ’75, has childhood memories of climbing into the wall cavities of the unfinished Presbyterian Church at 335 Cambridge St. The speakers weren’t installed yet. “Though I would have tried climbing in even after the speaker installation if possible.”

That’s Steve on the left in the group photo. His sister Sharon and his father, Richard G. Douse, are on the right. Richard was the founding minister of the Burlington location. He ran it from 1960 to 1977. He died Sept. 28.

The rakish gable of the church was considered “ultra-modern” at the time. While the building came together in 1960, the local Presbytery used Wildwood School (now a park by the same name) for Sunday service. Photo credits: Steve Douse.

Late ’60s parade float.

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