Mass Ave. at Columbus: The Jazz Corner of Boston | March 21

Sabby Lewis at the Savoy Cafe, Charlie Parker at the Hi-Hat, Alan Dawson at Wally's Paradise...Jazz had no better home than the club's of Boston's South End! The South End Historical Society and the Boston Preservation Alliance present a fascinating musical journey as Richard Vacca, author of "The Boston Jazz Chronicles," joins us to talk about the South End's deep roots in the city's jazz history. The event will start at 6:30pm and take place at 532 Mass Ave. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is kindly requested. To register, please call the South End Historical Society at 617-536-4445 or email admin@southendhistoricalsociety.org.

Lincoln Day | Feb. 10

Join the festivities for Lincoln Day 2013! There will be drills and demonstrations by the B Company 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the United States Sanitary Commission Boston Branch (the 22nd Massachusetts ladies civilian group).



A rededication ceremony will take place for the newly restored Lincoln Cabin lead by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. A commemorative, limited edition postcard, featuring historic photos of the cabin, will be distributed to visitors. First Lady Lincoln will also mingle with guests and inspect and address the troops.

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Civil Rights Tour of African American National Historic Sites | July 3

The National Park Service is hosting a Civil Rights Tour that is focusing on the local struggle for civil rights in antebellum Boston. The tour is on July 3rd and August 7th from 11am to noon. The event is located at 2-8 Smith Ct, Boston MA, 02114. For more information, contact (617) 742-5415 and click here.

St. Botolph's Town: Boston, England & Boston, Massachusetts | June 30

On Saturday, June 30th at 10:00 am, The Dorchester Historical Society will be hosting a discussion of St. Botolph's Town: Boston, England, and Boston, Massachusetts. Wilfred Holton will discuss St. Botolph's Town: Boston, England the Founding of Our Boston. The talk will also feature a few notes from Earl Taylor about Dorchester, England, and Dorchester, Massachusetts.

This illustrated talk features the town of Boston, Lincolnshire that is the Mother Town of Boston, Massachusetts. The talk describes the center of Puritan religious activity that supplied political and religious leaders to the Massachusetts Bay Colony during its early Colonial period. Historical images and modern photos show sites in the town of Boston that have importance for the founding of our Boston, including the over 700 year-old St. Botolph's Church where Reverend John Cotton preached before coming to Massachusetts in 1633.
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Dorchester Artists Past & Present Opening Reception | June 29

On Friday, June 29, Dorchester Historical Society will be hosting the opening reception for the exhibit Dorchester Artists: Past & Present put on by Dorchester Historical Society and Dorchester Arts Collaborative. The show will continue through Saturday and Sunday, during other Dorchester Historical Society events! The event is from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and will feature work by present-day Dorchester artists as well as those from times past. The Dorchester Historical Society is located at 195 Boston Street in Dorchester, MA 02125. >> Read More

The Rise of the Railroad Suburb: Victorian Dorchester | March 18

Learn about Victorian homes in Dorchester! The arrival of the Old Colony railroad in 1845 presented an opportunity for Boston's best architects to fill rural Dorchester with lovely Victorian residential architecture. >> Read More

Can We Talk? The Black Community and the Boston Busing Desegregation Crisis Jan. 24 & 31

What you think we should all know about the school desegregation crisis of the 1970s and its connection to today? The Boston Busing/Desegregation Project (a project of Union of Minority Neighborhoods) has partnered with Freedom House is going to hold a two part discussion entitled 'Can We Talk?: The Black Community and the Boston Busing Desegregation Crisis.' On Tuesday, January 24th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. see a clip from the Boston Busing/ Desegregation Project's film "Can We Talk" (Directed by Scott Mercer) and discuss the film and the project.

On Tuesday, January 31st, a panel of community members will discuss and respond to issues raised at the first event. The event will be held at Freedom House, 14 Crawford Street in Dorchester. Come continue the conversation about the crisis of school desegregation in the 1970s and its impact today. This event will also be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, please email umnunity [at] gmail.com or call 617.522.3349.

Stephen Puleo: Dark Tide, Jan. 29

On January 29, at 2:00 p.m. Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide, will discuss the historic Great Molasses Flood that ravaged the city of Boston on January 15, 1919. A very notable event in Boston's history, a 50-foot tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses collapsed on Boston's waterfront. The flood demolished homes, and even a brick fire station! The flood ultimately killed 21 and injured 150, and became an unforgettable interest of historians and Bostonians for decades to come. The Dorchester Historical Society is located at 195 Boston Street. For more information about the Dorchester Historical Society, please visit their website!

Greening the Older Home, Feb. 11

On Saturday, February 11, join Rebecca Harris of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Christopher Skelly of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and Sally Zimmerman of Historic New England as they present valuable information on insulation, windows, lighting, and renewable energy options! The speaking portion of the event will be held at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA 02122. Afterwards, there will be an optional tour of the weatherization project at Historic New England's 1683 Pierce House (24 Oakton Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122). Registration is required, and the optional tour of Pierce House is limited to the first fifteen people to register. For more information, call 617.994.6644! The event is free of cost.


Roxbury Women's History Tour Nov. 12

On Saturday, November 12, Discover Roxbury will be hosting the Roxbury Women's History Tour! The names and stories of Roxbury's men are familiar to most people. But how many stories do you know about Roxbury's prominent women? Dr. Z, Susan Dimock, Melnea Cass, Muriel Snowden, Elma Lewis, and others made important contributions to the neighborhood, Boston, and American society. Explore their histories and see their legacies on a fascinating tour led by members of the Boston Women's Heritage Trail! >> Read More

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