Jamaica Plain Historical Society

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Rep. Sanchez: I Want to Hear From You at Upcoming Community Meetings

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is one of my favorite Facebook pages. They have hundreds of photos posted depicting Jamaica Plain from as early as the 1800s. One of the best shows horse drawn buggies crawling along next to the pond – reminding us that JP was once known as the “Eden of America” for its rolling hills and vast green space. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Historical Society Celebrating 150th Birthday of JP’s Only Nobel Peace Prize Winner

This Saturday the Jamaica Plain Historical Society is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Emily Greene Balch, JP’s only Nobel Peace Prize winner. January 8th will also be designated Emily Greene Balch Day in Jamaica Plain from a declaration and proclamation by City Councilor Matt O’Malley. (more…) Continue Reading →

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When the Perkins School For the Blind Was in JP

Students in Miss Roeske’s music appreciation class at the Perkins Institution for the Blind. Located at the corner of Perkins and Day Streets in Hyde Square, the school was founded in 1887 and served children through age nine. For general instruction, students were segregated by sex. As you can see in the photograph, African-American children were welcomed. The school was an outgrowth of the Perkins Institution for the Blind in South Boston, founded by Samuel Gridley Howe. Continue Reading →

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Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day: Casey Overpass Construction III

Construction of Casey overpass in 1952 or 1953. Photograph courtesy of Ed Barrett. This is a view of construction of the Casey Overpass in 1952 or 1953, taken by Ed Barrett. This has been a big week for demolition of the overpass, of course, as sections of the bridge over Washington Street were removed during night work. (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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Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day: Casey and the El

As a train travels towards downtown Boston along the Boston Elevated Railway at Forest Hills, a portion of the new Monsignor William J. Casey Overpass (Morton St.) is being constructed above. A commuter train on the former Boston & Providence Railroad route can be seen between the columns at the lower left. Notice the Metropolitan Police traffic booth on the sidewalk to the right. The booth was used by police who directed traffic during the morning and evening rush hours. Courtesy of Anthony Sammarco, via the JP Historical Society. 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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Throwback Thursday: Where to Find Old JP Yearbooks Online

Page from 1940 Jamaica Plain High School yearbook. Credit: Via JP Historical Society online archives. For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, we highlight an image of old JP, often from the online archives of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. This week we feature a page from the 1940 yearbook of Jamaica Plain High School. The Historical Society has an online collection of yearbooks both from JPHS as well as St. Continue Reading →

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Trolley Engineer, Circa 1896

The engineer of this open-end car poses in front of the Forest Hills carhouse (which would later become the Jamaica Loop) about 1896. By 1905, all cars were enclosed. Credit: Via Jamaica Plain Historical Society

For our Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day, here’s the engineer of an open-end trolley car, taken about 1896. By 1905, all the cars were enclosed. He’s posed in front of the Forest Hills car house. Continue Reading →

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