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  • The Life and Times of John Harvard (by A.J. Melnick)

  • Henry Dunster page of the Bury and District Local History Society

  • The Henry Dunster Papers and Records of the Dunster and Glover Families - Harvard University Archives

  • "Who Was Henry Dunster?" (2010). December 13, 2010 radio interview by Bob Hagan with Arseny James Melnick on Henry Dunster as a model servant leader and the early Christian history and roots of Harvard College. On WFVA AM radio, Fredericksburg, Virginia (73.5 MB MP3 file).

  • "Henry Dunster's Life and Impact: 400 Years Later" (2009). Presentation at Dunster House, Harvard University, November 12, 2009 by Arseny James Melnick (PDF file)

  • "The Struggle for Soul Liberty in Early New England: The 1654 Dismissal of Henry Dunster, First President of Harvard for His Anti-paedobaptist Views" (2010), a paper given at the Northeast Regional of the Evangelical Theological Society" by Wayne R. Brandow, M.Div. (PDF file)

  • "Digging Up Dunster: The Vital Link Between Bury Grammar School, Harvard University, and Higher Education in America" (2007), unpublished manuscript by Geoffrey Wandesforde-Smith (PDF file)

  • The Connection between Henry Dunster, the Bury Grammar School and Harvard (The Bury Times - 2008)

  • The Henry Dunster Society

  • Website of the Bury Parish Church, Bury, U.K.

  • Samuel Dunster, Henry Dunster and His Descendants (Internet Archive) (1876)

  • First Printing Press in America

  • Tablet in Memory of Henry Dunster


    The 400th anniversary in 2009 of Henry Dunster's birth in 1609 was celebrated by the following events:

  • Harvard University Archives successfully digitized the Henry Dunster Papers in time for the 400th anniversary in part through generous support from the Sidney Verba Fund. The Dunster Papers are available online here. The University Archives' Call Number for the Dunster Papers is UAI 15.850.

  • Magdalene College (Cambridge University) celebrated Dunster's 400th anniversary during Michaelmas Term with a special Choral Evensong service on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009, that included music from the Bay Psalm Book and other American melodies, as well as a reading from Dunster's 'Confession of Faith.' A special commemorative article on Harvard and Dunster was also published in Magdalene College Magazine, "Magdalene and America's First University: The Quatercentenary of Henry Dunster," (No. 53, 2008-2009, pp. 42-49) by Dr Ronald Hyam, College Archivist, Magdalene College, Cambridge University.

  • The city of Bury (Lancashire) now has a road called "Dunster Road." It is 168 meters in length.

  • The rector of the Bury Parish Church in Bury, Lancashire, offered a special prayer on November 29, 2009, in honor of Dunster, noting his "zeal for the Gospel of Christ, and wisdom to guide the studies of the young: accept our thanks for his ministry in Bury and in Harvard...sustain in the bonds of fellowship those who honour his name, in the Old World and in the New; through him who is the beginning and end of all things, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."


    Plaque on gravesite of Henry Dunster (1609-1659).
    First President of Harvard College, Old Burying Yard, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photo - 2011
    "In Christi Gloriam" means "For the Glory of Christ"

    Restored Henry Dunster gravesite after 2015 cleaning

    The Story of the Gravesite

    Entrance to Harvard Yard

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    Henry Dunster Association