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Boston Public Library Restores Treasured Artwork Using Unprecedented Conservation Technique

Posted on September 28th, 2016 by rlavery in Media Releases

desktop296Philosophy Panel Returns to the Grand Staircase at the Central Library in Copley Square

Artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes’ Philosophy panel, approximately 14’ x 7’ in size and 160 pounds, has been successfully restored and returned to its location on the walls of the grand staircase in the McKim building at the Central Library in Copley Square. This section of the Chavannes’ mural was conserved using an unprecedented innovative technique and returned to its alcove after months of careful restoration. The ambitious procedure has rarely been attempted on a marouflage canvas, as artwork adhered in this way is not expected to be removed once permanently affixed to its backing structure.

“Preserving Boston’s dynamic arts and culture will always be an important part of our city’s heritage,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Visitors at the Central Library can once again enjoy the Pierre Puvis de Chavannes mural in its entirety. I welcome all to visit the mural, and see a great work of art in Boston.”

French artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes is considered one of the preeminent European artists of the 19th century, and the Central Library contains his only mural installation outside of France. Philosophy is one of eight allegorical scenes – each depicting an academic discipline – that surround the Central Library’s grand staircase. Other panels in the cycle include Astronomy, History, Chemistry, Physics, Pastoral Poetry, Dramatic Poetry, and Epic Poetry. A ninth, broader panel flanks the entrance to Bates Hall and depicts “The Muses of Inspiration Welcoming the Spirit of Light.” (more…)

Spy Hub Talk Continues Local and Family History Series

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by rlavery in General

IMG_1277Charles R. Gallagher, SJ, an Assistant Professor of History at Boston College, addressed an audience of 100 people, detailing the work of the Christian Front in Boston during World War II. A Catholic anti-Semitic fraternal organization, the group’s propaganda efforts for the Nazis were so successful that British intelligence established its own organization in Boston, the Irish-American Defense Association. Gallagher posed his research question to listeners – Why did the Christian Front get shut down for terrorism in New York in January of 1940, but remain active until 1943 in Boston? Why should we care?

The Boston group’s leader, Francis Moran, held meetings for the thousands of members in Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, regularly showing Nazi propaganda films. At one point, Moran attempted to link the group to the Archdiocese of Boston, but the Cardinal said no. Interestingly, Moran always said that the Christian Front was about war and peace, not Catholicism. While British intelligence was a presence in Boston during the early 1940s, Gallagher noted that the Boston FBI office had no idea this was happening.

The answer to “Why should we care?,” says Gallagher, is that this time in Boston’s history raises questions of democracy and security, which are issues still prevalent today. Gallagher plans to write the book this summer and have it to press by the fall.

The Local & Family History Series runs through May and continues on February 24 with Marta Crilly’s talk “History of the Hub: Resources for Local and Family History at the Boston City Archives.” See the full schedule via

Leventhal Map Center Opens New America Revolution Exhibition

Posted on April 30th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

maps“We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” runs May 2 through November 29

After spending more than two years identifying and selecting maps and artifacts, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (Map Center) opens the free exhibition We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence in the McKim Exhibition Hall at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square on May 2, running through November 29. We Are One explores the tumultuous events that led 13 colonies to forge a new nation and commemorates the 250th anniversary of American colonial resistance to Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act, a pivotal moment in the chain of events that led to revolution. The exhibition features 60 maps and 40 prints, paintings, and objects selected from 20 partner institutions, including the British Library, Library of Congress, and private collectors, telling the story of our nation’s founding.

“This exhibition can change the way people look at the Revolutionary War,” said Jan Spitz, executive director of the Map Center. “Many rare and historically significant materials have never been exhibited before; this will be a whole new experience for students, educators, history buffs, and everyone who is fascinated with our country’s roots.” (more…)

Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle Rolls through City’s Neighborhoods

Posted on April 29th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

Visits to Boston events include pop-up story times, book checkouts, and card sign upsbib

The BPL Bibliocycle, a bike and book trailer partnership with Boston Bikes, returns to the streets of Boston in its second season, visiting street fairs, markets, and community events to meet people where they are and deliver library services on-the-go. The first stop for the Bibliocycle will be on Saturday, May 16, at the Kite and Bike Festival in Franklin Park.

“This program provides an abundance of educational opportunities for community members at a variety of local cultural events. I encourage Bostonians to utilize this great resource and learn more about the free services our library system offers,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. (more…)

State Representative and Trustee Byron Rushing Honored with Library Advocacy Award

Posted on April 9th, 2015 by admin in General

Trustee Rushing3Boston Public Library Trustee and State Representative Byron Rushing was honored on Wednesday, April 1, by the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) at their annual Legislative Day. Representative Rushing was the recipient of the Library Advocacy Award for his continued efforts to increase library funding from the state. Pictured (at right) with him are President Amy Ryan and Chair of the BPL Trustees Jeffrey Rudman in the Great Hall of the State House.

“The honor is well deserved. Trustee Rushing is a tireless advocate for libraries both in the city of Boston as well as throughout the Commonwealth. His support ensures that all libraries, regardless of size or location, will have the resources needed to provide educational opportunities to people throughout the state,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library.