Walking Tour of Hyde Square

Join the JP Historical Society to learn about 1840s Hyde Square when German and Irish immigrants transformed the neighborhood with their businesses, schools, and institutions. See how in the early 1960s, Hyde Square changed again when Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican immigrants transformed it into Boston’s first predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. This tour also takes us to the home of Maud Cuney Hare, a prominent music historian and one of only two black women students at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1890. You will also learn about the property currently housing the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center which was once a site of the Perkins School for the Blind. The tour will also walk through the Sunnyside neighborhood, the site of homes built by philanthropist Robert Treat Paine from 1889 to 1899 as a “worker’s utopia” for working families.

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 my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.