Dorchester Historical Society

My Dot Tour Kicks Off! Tours Aug. 6, 7, 13, 14

My Dot Tour
The Fields Corner Collaborative is pleased to kick off My Dot Tour, a multimedia, youth-led walking tour of Fields Corner in Dorchester this August! The free tours will take place Saturday August 6 and 13 at 11 a.m. and on Sunday August 7 and 14 at 4 p.m. Tours depart from Gallagher Insurance (~1471 Dorchester Ave) and Pho Hoa (1356 Dorchester Avenue) will host a reception after each tour where participants can cool off indoors and enjoy delicious Vietnamese cuisine. There is a 20 attendee-maximum at each tour – RSVP today! For media inquiries and to RSVP with your preferred tour date and time, contact You may also call (617) 855-8687. >> Read More

Blake House 350th Birthday, Jun. 24, 25

History resounds! Dorchester Descendants Weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, celebrates the 350th birthday of the James Blake House (1661), the oldest house in Boston. All events are free and open to the public, and take place at 195 Boston Street (William Clapp House) unless otherwise noted.

Read, drink, feast! On Friday, June 24, at 6 p.m., a Cocktails, Book Party & Dinner will take place at the Boston Winery (26 Ericsson Street, Boston, MA 02122). Tickets are $90 per person; reservations required by June 1. For tickets, call Faith Ferguson at 781-862-8851 or email her at >> Read More

Celebrate History through Work and Food, May 14

Anna Clapp Harris Smith HouseClean up and cook out! The lifelong home of the founder of the Animal Rescue League, The Anna Clapp Harris Smith House, located at 65 Pleasant Street, Dorchester, is being restored through a partnership between Historic Boston Incorporated and North Bennet Street School, as supported through a generous grant from the 1772 Foundation. On Saturday, May 14th, all are invited to a light work day of clearing left-behind furniture and household items, light sweeping and cleaning to interior beautification.

After the furniture clearing a cookout for all involved in the clean-up as well as for neighbors, friends and partners. Participants are welcomed to bring guests to both the cleaning and/or to the cookout. Clean-up will begin at 10:30 a.m. The cook-out will follow at around 1:00 p.m. Please contact Peter Erhartic at to R.S.V.P. or if you have any questions concerning the event. >> Read More

Native American Cultural Awareness Powwow, May 21 and May 22

Native American Cultural Awareness, Inc. of Boston will hold a Powwow on May 21 and May 22 at the MA Army National Guard Armory, 70 Victory Road, Dorchester, MA 02124. Doors open 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a grand entry at noon on both days. Enjoy Native American foods, craft vendors, Birds of Prey demonstration, wigwam display and bark baskets, animal hide tanning, face painting, story telling, a children's candy dance, and more! Event offers free parking and is T-accessible.

$5 per adult, $3 for seniors and $2 for children. Under 9 years admitted free. For more information, call (617) 364-3718. 

DHS Annual Meeting, May 15

History's guardians convene! The Dorchester Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m, at their at 195 Boston Street, Dorchester headquarters. After the meeting, Robert Severy will give a slide presentation on “Diverse Dorchester.” Free and open to the public. DHS’s houses will be open for visits that afternoon. For more information about DHS, including how to become a member, visit



My Dot Tour is a project of the Fields Corner Collaborative (FCC). FCC is a group of non-profit organizations concerned with touting the history and architecture of Fields Corner for increased economic development and social capital, as well as with supporting and strengthening youth leadership skills. The organizations include: the Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition, Dorchester Historical Society, Fields Corner Main Street, Historic Boston Incorporated, and SCI Dorchester/Dotwell. The 2011 Tour coordinator is Kate Balug.

2010’s My Dot Tour established a walking tour route, map, and live walking tour created and presented by teen participants.

My Dot Tour 2011 is a new and improved version of the tour that will emphasize residents’ contributions and will feature expanded methods of disseminating tour content through cell phone technology and other media. FCC thanks the Boston Foundation for Architecture for contributing grant funding for the Tour.

What’s your Fields Corner story?

Key Partners: 

Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition, Dorchester Historical Society, Fields Corner Main Street, Historic Boston Incorporated, and SCI Dorchester/Dotwell

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To contribute to or inquire about the tour, please contact mydottour [at]


Show and Tell with Dorchester Historical Society, Apr. 17

Personal history matters - on Sunday, April 17, come down to 195 Boston Street at 2 p.m. and share your own!  Bring an object important to you and talk about its significance. Do you treasure your grandmother's necklace? Show your treasure and talk about the former owner's importance in your life. Do you collect something? Bring an item from your collection and discuss it. If you are shy, bring your children and make them talk. You will have about 1 ½ minutes to tell your tale. All can enjoy sharing!


Dorchester Historical Society
195 Boston Street, Dorchester, MA 02125
Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m.

Historical Society Walk to Dorchester Heights, Mar. 20

Dorchester Heights National Historic Site South Boston MA 01The Dorchester Historical Society invites all to re-trace the steps of the patriotic troops who fortified Dorchester Heights in March of 1776. Start at Edward Everett Square at 2 p.m. and walk to the Dorchester Heights monument in Thomas Park in South Boston, following the trail of the troops and the Knox cannons sent to defend the Heights. Brigadier General Thomas’ orders were to prepare for the “defence [sic] of the ground & annoyance of the enemy.” The erection of defense works on the night of March 4, 1776, led to the evacuation of Boston by the British on the 17th and the end of the Siege of Boston.

Bob Allison, Chair of the History Department at Suffolk University, will speak about the significance of the event at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Dress warmly, and be aware that the South Boston parade will occur the same day, so you will not be able to drive the same route. >> Read More

Blake House (1661)


The James Blake House (1661) is owned and operated by the Dorchester Historical Society. A recent restoration project has brought the house back to its circa 1895 appearance. See this article for an excellent write-up about the project.


Dorchester Historical Society
735 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Mass Preservation Projects Fund

Dorchester Historical Society


(617) 293-3052

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

2nd Sunday of the month


The purpose of the Dorchester Historical Society, founded in 1843 and incorporated in 1891, is to collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge of the history of that section of the City of Boston which was formerly the Town of Dorchester; to hold, and aid in the preservation of, historic buildings and sites in the area; to care for, and from time to time, exhibit such articles of historic or antiquarian interest as may come into its possession.


William Clapp House
195 Boston Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Write or telephone for membership information or attend public programs advertised in the Dorchester Reporter.

Community Meeting Space Available: 


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