Postponed: The China Trade

This event has been postponed. The Arnold Arboretum has cancelled all events through April. A new date for this event is being rescheduled for the fall. At a moment when our country seems especially divided, 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 on a global stage. This talk will particularly focus on the travels of the Forbes family, from Jamaica Plain to China.

Postponed: The Remarkable Photos of Leon Abdalian

This event has been postponed. Boston Public Library has cancelled all events through April. This event will be rescheduled for the fall. 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.

Postponed: Tastings & Tales – Remarkable Women of JP

This event has been postponed. Boston By Foot cancelled everything through March and the JP Historical Society is working on a new date. 

Just in time for Women’s History Month, we’ve got stories of local women who’ve stood by their ideals, fought for change and overcame societal boundaries to achieve and exceed in outstanding ways. Jamaica Plain has been home to a wealth of women who have achieved remarkable heights throughout Boston’s history. Socialists, abolitionists, Nobel Prize winners, literary luminaries – there are no shortage of stories of remarkable women to share and toast with a fine Sam Adams brew in hand. Guides from Boston By Foot will tell you the stories of these women while the staff from Samuel Adams pairs them with a flight of beers.

Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II

Join us at the Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum for a talk by Judith Sumner, PhD,  botanist, and author of Plants Go to War - the first botanical history of World War II. As the first botanical history of World War II, Plants Go to War examines military history from the perspective of plant science. From victory gardens to drugs, timber, rubber, and fibers, plants supplied materials with key roles in victory. Author and botanist Judith Sumner will speak of the many plants that were incorporated into wartime safety materials, diet and rations, and even bombers. Free, but registration requested
Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees

William Bryant Logan, Certified Arborist, Founder and President of Urban Arborists, Inc., and Author

Thursday, June 27, 6:30–7:45pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building

When his company was asked to pollard trees in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, William Bryant Logan was stymied. This prompted him to research and learn this ancient way of pruning that prompts thick nests of sprouts to form on major branches. The irony here is that pollarding (and the similar practice of coppicing) had been the preeminent way in which humans had tended trees–from the last ice age to the Industrial Revolution. What would have seemed the most mundane of tasks to a villager in the Middle Ages had slipped from use, and even memory, in the twenty first century. Hear Logan speak of the many ways in which these lost ancient arts (including pruning, hazel creating living hedges, growing oak for ships) created and supported human cultures all over the world and how we once lived closely as partners with trees, as we can only hope to do again.