Feb 21 program The Black Community of Colonial Dorchester and Boston

In the 1650s, Sebastian Kane was a landowner in Dorchester. He was also a person of color. Local historian Alex Goldfeld will present what is known about Kane and other people of African descent in a predominantly white colony. Goldfeld will use his original research on Boston’s “New Guinea” neighborhood to explore black life over three centuries ago.

2 pm at 195 Boston Street – open to the public

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Dorchester Illustration 2236 Wales nursery business

2236 William Wales advertising card Flowers plants

Dorchester Illustration no. 2236

Advertising card from William Wales for his nursery business from the mid-19th century.  Although the card says Columbia St., this is the same as Columbia Road.  The Wales property was on the west side of Columbia Road just north of  the intersection of Columbia Road and Washington Street.

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Dorchester Illustration 2235 Putnam Nail Cyanotype

2235 Putnam Nail cyanotype

Dorchester Illustration no. 2235

Cyanotype realphoto postcard showing the buildings of the Putnam Nail Company at the tip of Port Norfolk from the early years of the 20th century.

The photographer seems to be standing near the railroad tracks looking down toward Tenean Beach and across to Port Norfolk. This was before the Southeast Expressway was constructed.

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Feb. 21, 2016 The Black Community of Colonial Dorchester and Boston

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February 21, 2016 2 pm at the Dorchester Historical Society, 195 Boston Street

Open to the public

In the 1650s, Sebastian Kane was a landowner in Dorchester. He was also a person of color. Local historian Alex Goldfeld will present what is known about Kane and other people of African descent in a predominantly white colony. Goldfeld will use his original research on Boston’s “New Guinea” neighborhood to explore black life over three centuries ago.

 

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Dorchester Illustration 2234 Blaney Baptist Church

2234 Blaney Baptist Church

Dorchester Illustration no. 2234

Postcard. Caption on front: Blaney Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage, Dorchester Lower Mills, Mass. Circa 1910.

Located at 60 Richmond Street, the Blaney Memorial Baptist Church was organized November 13, 1882, with a membership of twenty-five. Before this, meetings had been held in Hutchinson’s Hall for six months in 1879 and beginning again in January, 1881. In April, 1882, the services moved to Associates Building, where the people met for six years. Miss Mercy Blaney died in 1886, leaving $20,000 for the building of a church, which was erected at the southeast corner of Richmond Street and Dorchester Avenue in 1887. The church was representative of the Carpenter Gothic style of the mid 19th century. The parsonage next door still stands as a private residence. The church building itself stood where the parking lot for the Meeting House Cooperative Bank is now located. The church was taken down in the 1980s when the land was sold to the bank.

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Dorchester Illustration no. 2233 Putnam Nail

2233 Putnam Nail Caught in the Storm

Dorchester Illustration no. 2233

Today we have a trade card from the Putnam Horse Shoe Nail Company series with horse-related images from the late 19th century.

Putnam Nail was located at the tip of Port Norfolk.

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Dorchester Illustration 2232 Chamberlain Pharmacy

2232 Chamberlain pharmacy 357 Adams Street

Dorchester Illustration no. 2232

This realphoto postcard shows the pharmacy of W. H. Chamberlain at 357 Adams Street, corner of Parkman Street (where the locksmith is today).   The bakery belonging to John L. Whytal Jr. appears to the right at 353 Adams Street.  The postmark seems to be from December 1905.  The 1905 city directory shows both of these businesses at these locations, although both had other locations as well — Chamberlain at 73 Green Street and Whytal at 413 Geneva.

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Dorchester Illustration 2231 Shawmut Station

2231 Westerly exposure to Shawmut Railroad Station, March 1926

Dorchester Illustration no. 2231

This view from 1926 shows that the old Shawmut Station faced the tracks, which were at grade.  Two years later the tracks were put below ground, and a new brick station house replaced this wooden building.

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Dorchester Illustration 2230 Ashmont Street

Dorchester Illustration no. 2230

The attached realphoto postcard shows a section of Ashmont Street looking east from the corner of Carruth Street.  Postmarked Dec. 12, 1911.

2230 Ashmont Street at corner of CarruthThe buildings are in order 281, 283 and 285 Ashmont Street.  Number 285, the Charles and Adelaide Kittredge house, was lost to fire in the 1930s or 40s.  The house appears in the 1933 atlas.  There are building permits from 1949 for the three houses that took the place of Number 285.  These three are now numbered 289, 291 and 297.

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Dorchester Illustration no. 2229

2229 Baker Chocolate cocoa tin

Dorchester Illustration no. 2229

Baker Chocolate tin that contained 1/2 pound of cocoa.

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