The Practical Idealist



Pursuing Happiness: The Organizational Culture of the Continental Congress

How the philosophy Behind "the pursuit of Happiness" created Americaated America

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Begun  as an attempt to discover where idea behind the phrase "the pursuit of Happiness" comes from, Olsen investigates how it came into The Declaration of Independence. Using data-driven analysis, software tools, and methods borrowed from management theory and organizational culture, Olsen uncovers the surprising values and norms of 106 extraordinary men who contributed to the "instrument of democracy" in the Continental Congress between September 1774 and July 4, 1776.




Publication Date: July 4, 2013, Nonagram Publications

The End of Theocracy in America: The Distinguishing Line of Harry Croswell’s Election Sermon

Harry Croswell and the separation of church and state.

By onEnd of Theocracy Front Cover 6x9_BW_160 v7e vote in 1818, after listening to the Rev. Harry Croswell's Election Sermon, the Connecticut assembly voted to end the last theocracy in America. The book goes into the history before Croswell's sermon, and its impact on the citizens of America. It includes a transcription of  A Sermon Preached at the Anniversary Election, Hartford, May 14, 1818,  by the Rev. Harry Croswell, A.M., Rector of Trinity Church,New Haven.





Publication date August 2013, Nonagram Publications

Here WIll I Dwell

A History of Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven, Connecticut

"Would that academic professorial historians wrote with even a fraction of Ed Getlein's insight and humor." Gaddis Smith, Larned Professor of History at Yale emeritus.

"Who knew that 270 years of Church History could be so witty?  But also so informative. The chapters on Harry Croswell – America's Jonathan Swift – are essential reading for anyone interested in freedom of the press or freedom of religion in America." Neil Olsen, Trinity Church Dramatist and Historian.

This 1974 classic work by historian Edward Getlien, has been brought to the year 2000 in its second edition edited by Neil C. Olsen.  It includes an index and A Glad Sound Comes with the Setting Sun, Ed's funeral sermon by the Rev. Ellen Tillotson.

Publication Date, 2013, Trinity Church Publications


Trinity Home 2012

A History of the Trinity Home Board, 150 years of caring for those in need

“The Trinity Church Home is created for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in the city of New Haven, a refuge for the poor and friendless members of Trinity Parish, and such others as the Board of Managers may think are entitled to its benefits.”

In 1862, with these words and this mission Trinity Church Home was incorporated by an official act of the Connecticut Assembly. For 150 years since then the organization, governed by the Trinity Home Board,  has fulfilled its mission by providing refuge for “the poor and friendless” in New Haven.  With an introduction and historical overview by Neil C. Olsen, it also includes the ori1862 constitution and by-laws from 1948 and 2012.

Publication Date, 2012, Trinity Church Publications