Please join us this spring for another season of talks on Boston history and genealogy. Talks start at 6pm in the Abbey Room on the second floor. Please join us!
Posted on January 30th, 2015 by Gail Fithian in Genealogy services
Posted on August 6th, 2014 by Gail Fithian in Events
ABBEY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, 700 BOYLSTON STREET
TALKS BEGIN AT 6PM
JIM VRABEL, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE NEW BOSTON
A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE NEW BOSTON provides a grassroots perspective on the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s. Residents of the city’s neighborhoods engaged in an era of activism and protest unprecedented in Boston since the American Revolution. The book recounts fights against urban renewal, highway construction, and airport expansion; for civil rights, school desegregation, and welfare reform; and over Vietnam and busing. Much of the legacy of that activism remains in Boston today. This book will be sold at the event.
Jim Vrabel is a longtime Boston community activist and historian. He is author of When in Boston: A Time Line & Almanac and Homage to Henry: A Dramatization of John Berryman’s “The Dream Songs.”
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29
6 PM AT THE NORTH END BRANCH, 25 PARMENTER STREET
PRESENTED AS PART OF ITALIAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
PHOTO FROM THE ALDINO FELICANI COLLECTION, BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
CHRISTOPHER DALEY, THE SACCO-VANZETTI CASE REVISITED
Christopher Daley recounts the saga of the two immigrant Italian anarchists. The robberies in Bridgewater and Braintree, the famous trial at Dedham, and seven years of attempts to get a new trial are recounted. The presentation contains period photographs, some of which are rare and not published elsewhere.
Christopher Daley teaches history at the Silver Lake Regional School System in Kingston. He has served as the Chairman of the Pembroke Historical Commission and the President of the Pembroke Historical Society. He is also working on a book for The History Press, Homicide in the Hub: Boston’s Most Infamous Murder Cases, to be published in the fall of 2015.
EMERSON BAKER, A STORM OF WITCHCRAFT: THE SALEM TRIALS AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Baker’s will talk from his new book, which describes how conditions in the Bay colony in the 1690s set the stage for the dramatic events in Salem. Engaging a range of perspectives, his book addresses questions about why the Salem tragedy unfolded as it did, and why it has become an enduring legacy.
Emerson W. Baker is Professor of History at Salem State College. He is the author of The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England, and co-author of an award-winning biography of Sir William Phips. Baker has been featured as an expert consultant on the PBS series Colonial House and has provided historical consultation for Parks Canada, National Geographic, Plimoth Plantation, Historic Salem, Inc., and other historic district commissions. Both of these books will be sold at the talk.
SUSAN ROBERTS, A HISTORY OF BOSTON THEATER, 1850-1900
Theaters were strongly opposed by the Puritans and officially banned by the state legislature in 1750. So it is a testament to the city that once the ban was lifted in 1790, theaters have thrived here. Susan Roberts reviews fifty years of the city’s theater history, focusing on such legendary venues as the Boston Museum Theatre, the Boston Music Hall, Keith’s Theatres, and the Boston Theatre. Her presentation features a virtual tour of the B.F. Keith Theatre, one of the city’s most elegant in its time.
Susan is an avid collector of Boston-related theater ephemera and a researcher of Boston’s theatrical history. Her hands-on theater experience includes work as an electrician, carpenter, property mistress, stage manager, and box office manager. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre Management from Emerson College.
Click here for more information and to hear audio of selected talks from past seasons.
Posted on December 9th, 2013 by Gail Fithian in Events
Boston’s ethnic neighborhoods are famous, but what do they look like today? Old enclaves and predictable patterns are changing as Boston becomes a more global city. The spring series looks at Boston’s three most diverse neighborhoods: East Boston, Mattapan, and Allston Brighton.
This series will complement the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s exhibit, A City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston (running from March 14 to July 12 at the Central Library in Copley Square). The exhibit will feature maps of Boston’s immigrant population based on the 2010 federal census as well as historic, modern, and digitized maps.
Talks are on Wednesdays at 6pm in the Commonwealth Salon, unless otherwise noted. For full descriptions of the talks, click here.
January 15 Ethnic Enclaves, Edge Gateways, and the Global Boston / James Madden
Tuesday January 28 in Rabb Lecture Hall Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era / Larry DiCara
January 29 Researching Your Ancestral Homes — Adding Stories to Your Family Tree / BPL Staff
Tuesday, February 4 in the Commonwealth Salon The Race Underground: Boston, New York and the Incredible Rivalry that Built American’s First Subway / Doug Most
February 12 History of People, Places and Plans that Shaped East Boston / Antonio Di Mambro
February 26 Boston’s Changing Neighborhoods with the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and Tools for Mapping Neighborhoods and Stories in the Digital Age / Evan Thornberry and Jonathan Wyss
March 12 Jewish Settlement in and out of Mattapan and The Roots of New Boston: Race and Ethnicity in Mattapan, 1860 – 2010 / Amy Schechtman and Dr. Kerri Greenidge
March 26 Family Research Through Oral History for Less Documented Groups / Marian Pierre-Louis
April 9 Brighton: the Historic Neighborhood / Anthony Mitchell Sammarco
April 23 Researching Your Jewish Ancestors in Old Boston Neighborhoods / Meredith Hoffman
May 7 Diaspora to the Boston Neighborhoods and Suburbs / James O’Connell .
May 21 – Mining Family History – Gold in Local Archives and Speakers’ Round Table, with James Madden, Tunney Lee, Joanne Riley, Antonio Di Mambro, Kerri Greenidge, James O’Connell, Anthony Sammarco and Amy Schectman
Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Gail Fithian in Events
Save the dates! The new series rolls into its eleventh year in September. This fall, the talks will focus on Colonial and Revolutionary Boston.
The series continues in January 2014 with talks dedicated to the theme Boston’s Changing Neighborhoods: History and Genealogy.
Programs are held two Wednesdays per month (except in December) at 6pm in the Commonwealth Salon on the first floor of the Central Library in Copley Square. Get details on each talk here.
September 11 The state archeologist, Victor Mastone, will give an illustrated talk on the Battle of Chelsea Creek, one of the lesser-known battles of the Revolutionary War.
September 25 Massachusetts State Archives staff will review the wealth of records at the Archives useful to researching colonial ancestors and the colonial era.
October 16 Nancy Rubin Stuart will speak on her new book, Defiant Brides, a dual biography of Peggy Arnold and Lucy Knox.
October 30 Maureen Taylor, aka the Photo Detective, will discuss her book and film project, The Last Muster, which uncovers photographs of Revolutionary War veterans who lived into the era of early photography.
November 6 Historian JL Bell will talk on Boston’s colonial newspapers and the men who published them. Bell contributed to Todd Andrilik’s Reporting the Revolutionary War and is the author of the very entertaining Boston 1775 blog.
November 20 Veteran genealogist Barbara Mathews will give tips on using colonial records in family history research.
December 4 Epidemiologist and genealogist Lori Lyn Price will discuss medicine and health in colonial New England. What types of health issues and diseases might your ancestor have experienced, and how might these conditions have been treated?
Collections and programs related to the fall series on Colonial and Revolutionary Boston are: