Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1562 Blake House

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1562


Today we interrupt the regular programming with these special announcements:

First – We need your help.  Please go to your Facebook account and find My Dot Tour and like it.  And while you are there, read about this Fields Corner tour now in development.

Second –

 350th Birthday of the Blake House

Saturday, June 25 at 12:30 pm – Birthday Cake and Celebration

If you are from Dorchester or if any of your ancestors at any period were from Dorchester, we need you to participate.

Today’s illustration is the conjectured appearance of the Blake House when it was built in 1661.  Come to the birthday party and learn more.

Friday, June 24, 6 p.m.  First peek at new book about Dorchester Historical Society collections. 

Dorchester’s collections: Illustrating a community, 1630-1930.

Cocktails, Book Celebration & Dinner at the Boston Winery: $50 per person; reservation required. For tickets, contact Faith Ferguson, 781-862-8851 or   This is not a fundraiser. We are not making money on this event, but it’s a great opportunity to meet others with a Dorchester connection.

Saturday programs.



10AM – 4PM all 3 historic houses will be open for visits:

  • The James Blake House, 735 Columbia Road, Dorchester
  • The Lemuel Clap House, 199 Boston Street, Dorchester
  • The William Clapp House & Barn, 195 Boston Street, Dorchester

(Please note: the Boston Street houses will be closed during Blake party at 12:45 

Dorchester’s North Burial Ground will be open Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.

  “Introduction to genealogy” with Rhonda R. McClure.

Rhonda R. McClure is the Director of Research Services at NEHGS and is a nationally recognized professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in New England and celebrity research as well as computerized genealogy. She has been a contributing editor for Heritage Quest Magazine, Biography magazine and was a contributor to The History Channel Magazine and American History Magazine. In addition to numerous articles, she is author of ten books, including the award-winning The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Genealogy, now in its second edition, Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, and Digitizing Your Family History

 “How to care for your historical artifacts”, with Christine Thomson

Christine Thomson is an independent conservator and consultant in Salem, MA. She has worked for the U.S. State Department and the White House, has treated important examples of American furniture in major museums and private collections, and has been involved as a consultant in a number of historic house renovation projects, including Drayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia, Stickley’s Craftsman Farms in Morris Town, New Jersey and Castle Hill, a David Adler designed mansion for the Richard Crane family in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Her most recent project was to analyze the paints in the two parlors of the Lee Mansion, in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Saturday, 12:45 p.m.

James Blake House 350th Birthday Party: 735 Columbia Road at Edward Everett Square

2:00 pm “How to do an oral history” with Virginia Myhaver

(the William Clapp House, 195 Boston Street)

Virginia Myhaver is a Doctoral Candidate in American and New England Studies at Boston University, specializing in 19th and 20th century American cultural and social history. She is the recipient of a Smithsonian Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and a Mellon C.L.I.R. Fellowship in support of her dissertation, “The New American Revolution: Cultural Politics and the 1976 American Revolution Bicentennial.” Virginia (Ginger) wrote a family history of eleven generations of Bettina (Elizabeth) Blake’s family in New England, Four Old New England Families, in 2009.

Open Houses at the Blake House (1661), Lemuel Clap House (1633/1767), William Clapp House (1806), and Clapp Family Barn (c.1850)

All events are free and open to the public, and take place at 195 Boston Street, unless otherwise noted.

Please see the websites for questions about handicap accessibility.

For more information about the Dorchester Descendants Project see and information about the Dorchester Historical Society see


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