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!
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Posted on January 30th, 2015 by Gail Fithian in Genealogy services
Please join us this Thursday, March 14, for Stephanie Schorow’s illustrated talk on her newest book Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits. Her book will be on sale following the talk. The book has fantastic photographs, some of which are taken from the Boston Public Library’s photograph collections. The book also has a wonderful QR code enabled app. Download it to your mobile device, take a walk around and see where many of Boston’s speakeasies, bars, and nightclubs were located. The photographs here are one of almost one hundred which depict Prohibition era Boston that have been posted to the BPL’s Flickr photostream. The undated photo below, from the wonderful Leslie Jones Collection housed in the Print Department, shows police dismantling a speakeasy after it had been raided.
Stephanie Schorow will speak Thursday, March 14, in the Rabb Lecture Hall of the Central Library, 700 Boylston Street, at 6pm. Her book will be sold after the talk.
Posted on February 26th, 2013 by Gail Fithian in Events, Genealogy services
Tags: archeology, author talks, Boston history, Foresters Project, genealogy, Harbor Islands, immigration, Mass Memories Road Show, oral history, The Memoir Project, West End
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Local & Family History Lecture Series at the Central Library
The Boston Public Library’s Local & Family History Lecture Series is in its 10th year of sharing information about the history of Boston and its neighborhoods along with tips and guides for those beginning their own genealogical research. All talks will be held in the Commonwealth Salon, Wednesdays 6pm on the dates noted, except for the Drinking Boston talk, which will take place in Rabb Lecture Hall on Thursday, March 14, 6pm.
Thursday, March 14, Drinking Boston: A History of the City and its Spirits in Rabb Lecture Hall
Since 2008, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston’s Elderly Commission have partnered with a local nonprofit, Grub Street, to produce The Memoir Project. The project has gathered senior citizens from Boston neighborhoods to write down their personal memories. The project guides participants in sharing their stories through writing their memories in bound journals for their families and future generations to learn from and remember. Project staff will describe how the partnership came about and explain the techniques they use for gathering and writing oral histories.Speakers include:
- Tula Mahl, Deputy Commissioner of Communications and Policy for the City of Boston’s Commission on Elderly Affairs
- Christopher Castellani, Artistic Director at Grub Street and author of three novels
- Michelle Seaton, Lead Instructor and creator of the curriculum for the Memoir Project
- Judith Klau, Senor Participant from the South End workshop of the Memoir Project