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Community Maps with Ed McCarthy
April 11, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is pleased to sponsor this program highlighting the Boston neighborhood maps of Ed McCarthy. Ed McCarthy is an amateur Boston historian, who is also an EMT working at Boston EMS for 24 years. Ed gathers historical information and crafts it into comprehensive detailed maps that tell the history of Boston’s neighborhoods in different time periods. As he works his way through Boston’s communities, he has come across many obscure and little-known facts which he enjoys bringing to renewed public attention.
Each map, or set of maps he produces represents hours upon hours of library research, and lots of shoe leather, as he spends time learning the neighborhood, finding the little-known corners and places, and speaking to its people.
When his work began on JP, a great deal of time and effort was spent to get the borders of the community as accurate as possible. Many opinions on this differed. JP represented a challenge as several other communities’ borders collide along its eastern edge. At the present time, Ed is contemplating doing an update as there have been many changes to Jamaica Plain in the past 10 years. New streets have been laid out on the eastern southern fringes of the neighborhood, and many of the former state hospital properties have been repurposed. Ed says that Jamaica Plain has more rich sources of historical material than most other parts of Boston.
Ed’s overall goal is to create a complete set of comprehensive maps that detail the development of the entire city of Boston, neighborhood by neighborhood, time period by time period. Upon completion of his project he expects to amass a collection of fifty-five of his map prints. His work can be viewed at www.historicalboston.com, and he happily accepts comments, criticisms, and inquiries of collaboration with other historians.
Come along to hear about Ed’s process and see his work. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
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