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Jamaica Plain Historical Society

February 2021

Remarkable Photos of Leon Abdalian

February 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States + Google Map

Rescheduled from spring 2020, this Jamaica Plain Historical Society talk will now be held virtually. The photographer Leon Hampartzoum Abdalian was born in 1884 in what was Cilician Armenia, then located in the Ottoman Empire (now modern Turkey). He migrated with his family to the United States in April of 1896 and they eventually settled in Jamaica Plain. It is believed that he was largely self-taught as a photographer. For most of the time he was photographing (1913 -1967) he…

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March 2021

The China Trade

March 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States + Google Map

Rescheduled from spring 2020, this Jamaica Plain Historical Society talk will now be held virtually. At a moment when our country has been facing great divisions, Prof. Dane Morrison of Salem State University will discuss how Americans forged a national identity after the War of Independence. After breaking free from British rule, American identity had more to do with sailing to the East than trekking into the West.  Private  journals, letters, ships’ logs, memoirs, and newspaper accounts help trace America’s earliest encounters…

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Author Q & A with Heather Clark

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States + Google Map

This is a Jamaica Plain Historical Society event. Heather Clark is the author of Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Path of Sylvia Plath. This acclaimed new biography of Sylvia Plath focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art. With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Massachusetts…

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