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.
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