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