CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - An historic Boston church has
decided to sell a copy of the first book published in the American
colonies, hoping to get as much as $20 million to make building repairs
and sustain its ministry.
By an overwhelming vote on Sunday, members of the Old South Church
agreed to sell one of two copies of the psalm book owned by the
struggling church and printed in Cambridge in 1640, Senior Minister
Nancy Taylor said on Monday.
The church, a nonprofit organization dating back to 1669, was
considering the sale because it needs money to maintain its building, a
National Historic Landmark built in 1875, and support its work with the
public and the poor.