Blanche Ames Ames (1878-1969) was an artist, activist, builder, inventor, a birth control maverick and a leader within the woman suffrage movement in Massachusetts. She also has an intriguing and rather unique connection to Jamaica Plain. Please join us for a screening of a film about the life of this trailblazing woman, followed by a Q&A session with historian Ed Hands, who is featured in the film. This event is sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library and co-sponsored by the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society
The event is virtual and will be held via zoom. Please pre-register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zBVGiHJpQiKYVIGU84hBJg
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.
Urbano Project kicks off its 10th Anniversary Celebration with a FREE Holiday Open House, sponsored by State Street Bank. There will be live music, art workshops and demonstrations, drinks, holiday snacks, and lots of cool prints created by Urbano’s artists for sale! All happening at Urbano's gallery in the Brewery Complex, 29 Germania Street. FREE admission. Join us at our studio/gallery for behind-the-scenes exhibition tours, a family-friendly drop-in origami workshop with Artist-in-Residence Erin Genia, a bookmaking class demonstration by Artist-in-Residence Rachel Allenand her Youth Artist Project students. The first in a series of events celebrating Urbano’s 10th Anniversary, this day-long event gives you a rare opportunity to take part in our organization’s daily projects and to hear firsthand from youth, staff, and artists about their current conversations around land and social issues. Plus, find out about volunteering and work opportunities at Urbano!
Boston Women's Market / Jamaica Plain Edition
August 26, 10 am - 3 pm
Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street Jamaica Pla in, MA
Boston Women's Market is returning to the beautiful Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain! Join us and 60+ New England Women markets and artists in the Loring-Greenough gardens on August 26 from 10 am - 3 pm. Shop womxn makers and artists for handmade Jewelry, Body Care, Candles, Artworks, Ceramics, Vintage clothing, Home and Garden, and more! Marketplace Highlights:
Shop Boston Women's Market markers and artists from around New England
Grab some grub from Bartleby's Southern-inspired food truck
Enjoy the beauty and blooms of the Loring-Greenough House Gardens
Spend the day exploring the heart of Jamaica Plain. There are tons of amazing restaurants, shops, and bars right in the neighborhood!
I grew up in a neighborhood of hardworking families, where everything seemed within reach. It was thanks in large part to our incredible small and local businesses. For years, these local landmarks have carried on the traditions of my neighborhood, and generated the prosperity that’s helping Dorchester thrive to this day. I know my experience was not unique. Small businesses are the lifeblood of all Boston’s neighborhoods.They hire locally; they reflect our rich diversity of cultures and languages; and they care deeply about being good neighbors.