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Filene’s: Boston’s Great Specialty Store – Author Talk with Michael Lisicky

by gsmart

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.

Central Library in Copley Square
Orientation Room
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

“The newest addition to Arcadia’s popular Images of America series is Filene’s: Boston’s Great Specialty Store. William Filene’s Sons Company, founded in 1870, brought fashion and entertainment to generations of Bostonians. The Filene family championed employee relations and innovative merchandising techniques. Michael Lisicky focuses on the history of the company’s flagship ‘upstairs’ business, in addition to several of the store’s historic competitors on Boston’s Washington Street.

Michael J. Lisicky is a leading expert on department store history and has written three bestselling books on various American department stores. Lisicky’s books have been featured on National Public Radio and have received acclaim from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Investors Business Daily and Fortune Magazine.”

Additional BPL Resources regarding Filene’s:

Did you know that Filene’s donated their marketing archives to the Boston Public Library? Access to the archival material is made available by appointment through the Special Collections Department. For appointments call 617-859-2225. An index to the material is  available at the Kirstein Business Library.

The Filenes
Berkley, George E.
(Book – 1998)


Facts about Filene’s
William Filene’s Sons Co
(Book – 1936)






One Franklin / Filene’s Redevelopment at Downtown Crossing
Project Impact Report Submitted Pursuant to Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code
Epsilon Assocites, Inc
(Book – 2007)

Filene’s Complex
Study Report : as Amended May 9, 2006
Boston Landmarks Commission (Boston, Mass.)
(Book – 2006)





By the way, if you are wondering how the development of the Filene’s site is going,
check out this nice before and theoretical after photo,

and these recent news stories:
Filene’s Tower a Rising Star
Developer Pitches New Design for Filene’s Site
Stalled Filene’s Project Poised for Rebirth






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