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George Bucknam Dorr: from Jamaica Pond to Commonwealth Avenue

George Bucknam Dorr, known as the “Father of Acadia”, was the founder of the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. The roots of George B. Dorr’s land conservation achievements are deeply embedded on the Jamaica Pond shoreline where he was born in 1853. Childhood exposure to other Massachusetts landscapes also shaped his later success on the mid-Maine coast. Throughout Dorr’s life, notables with attachments to Jamaica Plain–Charles S. Sargent, Edith Wharton, Francis Parkman, Ellen Swallow Richards, Henry & Charles P. Bowditch, Margaret Fuller, and Charles Eliot–kept the Father of Acadia National Park tethered to the place where he spent the first decade of his life.  

This talk will be given by Ronald H. Epp, Ph.D., the author of Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr. Continue Reading →

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Victorian Summer: Good Friends, Tasty Food and Cold Beer

FHET welcomes author and historian Dee Morris for a Sunday afternoon historic walking tour to celebrate summer in the city. A Victorian Summer: Good Friends, Tasty Food and a Cold Beer

The tree-shaded landscape of Forest Hills Cemetery is the eternal home of Victorians who enhanced the social life of Boston.  Jacob Wirth (1840-1892) and his family established a legendary eating and drinking emporium that is a landmark today.  The fresh shellfish at the oyster saloon of Richard “Rich” Higgins (1830-1904) and the lager beer of Henry Pfaff (1826-1893) drew a loyal following.  Events at Roxbury estates featured fresh flowers or fruit from Marshall P. Wilder (1789-1886). Continue Reading →

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Bromley Heath Homes Renamed for Longtime Housing Leader Mildred Hailey

On a sun-flooded morning, hundreds of families from Bromley Heath apartments sat in overflow chairs in a crowded tent to listen as Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Housing Authority William McGonagle renamed the development Mildred C. Hailey Apartments. Joining them was Anna Mae Cole, a friend and comrade in arms for over 60 years and former chair of the Bromley Heath Tenant Management Corporation that Mrs. Hailey  (and yes she was always Mrs. Hailey) directed for 40 years. (more…) Continue Reading →

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It’s 1952 Again at the Casey Overpass

#CaseyArborway Then and Now @universalhub @02130News pic.twitter.com/12euE2tDIS— Clay Harper (@ArborwayMatters) July 2, 2015

For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, we highlight an image of old JP. Resident Clay Harper Tweeted about the similarities between this week’s scene of Casey Overpass destruction and one taken as the bridge was being built. The older image was taken in 1952 or 1953 by Ed Barrett. (more…) Continue Reading →

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People Before Highways

Ron Hafer, who was among the many locals who organized to stop I-95, speaks at a panel discussion hosted by the JP Historical Society in September 2014. Ron Hafer, one of many neighborhood residents involved in the fight against I-95, speaks at a Sept. 28, 2014 panel discussion at Doyle’s. The meeting was hosted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Here’s an edited transcript of the discussion. Continue Reading →

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Gimme a J! Gimme a P!

Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day: Cheerleaders of the Jamaica Plain High School in 1956 were, from left to right: Barbara Spinney, Catherine Gotovitch, Mary Parlon, Claire Boyce, Lorraine Dustin, Ann Kearns, Ann Litch, Beatrice Canny, Betty Ann Fetler, Joyce Mutlow, Gwenneth Edwards, Mary Jo McLaughlin, and Marilyn Guiva (kneeling in the center). Photograph courtesy of the Boston Public Library. For our Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day, here’s an image of old JP from the online archives of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. (more…) Continue Reading →

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