Dorchester Illustration 2241 Washington at Dorchester Heights

2241 Washington at Dorchester Heights by Gilbert Stuart

Dorchester Illustration no. 2241

The American patriot troops fortified Dorchester Heights the night of March 4, 1776.  As a result on March 17, 1776, the British evacuated from Boston.  Today’s illustration is Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington at Dorchester Heights.  The significance of the battle that didn’t happen is that European powers began to understand that the English could be resisted, and in time support was obtained to aid in fighting England.  After the evacuation, the action of the American Revolution moved south to the mid-Atlantic sttes.

Later today at 2:00 p.m., the Dorchester Historical Society presents a program about Dorchester Heights.

Mrs. Baker shares memories of the first Evacuation Day.  — March 20, 2016, 2 pm, at the William Clapp House, 195 Boston Street

Celebrate Evacuation Day.  Come to hear Mittie Clapp Baker talk about her reminiscences of the events leading up to the fortification of Dorchester Heights and how that fateful night resulted in the British being forced to give up their occupation of Boston without a shot being fired.  Through the magic of time travel, Submit Baker (born Submit Clapp) will share her memories about events and people and Dorchester life in the second half of the 18th century.

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Dorchester Illustration 2240 Revolutionary War Drum

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Dorchester Illustration no. 2240

The revolutionary war drum that came down the centuries in the Trask Family came to the Dorchester Historical Society from William Blake Trask.  His Trask ancestor arrived in Salem in the late 1620s, and he is also descended from the Blakes of Dorchester. William was born on Commercial Point, Dorchester, and became a genalogist and historical writer.  He married Rebecca Clapp, and they lived on Mayhew Street beside many other Clapp relatives.  When the last daughter of Lemuel Clap passed away in the 1870s, the Trasks moved into the Lemuel Clapp House (now owned by the Dorchester Historical Society).

On Sunday, March 20th, the Dorchester Historical Society presents a program about Dorchester Heights.

Mrs. Baker shares memories of the first Evacuation Day.  — March 20, 2016, 2 pm, at the William Clapp House, 195 Boston Street

Celebrate Evacuation Day.  Come to hear Mittie Clapp Baker talk about her reminiscences of the events leading up to the fortification of Dorchester Heights and how that fateful night resulted in the British being forced to give up their occupation of Boston without a shot being fired.  Through the magic of time travel, Submit Baker (born Submit Clapp) will share her memories about events and people and Dorchester life in the second half of the 18th century.

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If you value receiving the illustration, please express your appreciation by making a donation to the Dorchester Historical Society, either by regular mail at 195 Boston Street, Dorchester, MA 02125, or through the website at www.DorchesterHistoricalSociety.org

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Dorchester Illustration 2239 children playing in dump

2239 The dump turned into a children's playgrourd

Dorchester Illustration no. 2239

Today our illustration show children on improvised playground equipment made from discarded materials.  The scene is the Mile Road Dump at the end of Columbia Point, October, 1909.

Photograph is by Lewis Wickes Hine, a sociologist and photographer who used his camera as a tool for social reform.  This photograph is part of his collection held by the Library of Congress documenting mostly child labor in America 1908-1912.

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Dorchester Illustration 2238 Gallup Stable

2238 Gallup Stable 141 Welles Avenue Dorchester Gentlemens Driving 1

Dorchester Illustration no. 2238

Today’s illustration is a photo of the stable owned by Holllis P. Gallup located on Welles Avenue opposite the entrance to Samoset Street. Published in the 1905 Yearbook of the Dorchester Gentlemen’s Driving Club.

Although many houses on Ashmont Hill had their own carriage houses with space for horse and coachman, others did not.  Many property owners on Ashmont Hill and elsewhere did not keep horses at home.  Instead they used the services of local stables for boarding their horses.

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March 20, 2016 2 p.m. Mrs. Baker shares memories of the first Evacuation Day

 

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Celebrate Evacuation Day.  Come to hear Middie Clapp Baker talk about her reminiscences of the events leading up to the fortification of Dorchester Heights and how that fateful night resulted in the British being forced to give up their occupation of Boston without a shot being fired.  Through the magic of time travel, Submit Baker (born Submit Clapp) will share her memories about events and people and Dorchester life in the second half of the 18th century.

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April 17, 2016, Edward M Kennedy Institute Guided Tour

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Edward M Kennedy Institute Guided Tour – Sunday, April 17

The Dorchester Historical Society will host a program to mark the birthday of Edward Everett on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U S. Senate.

Edward Everett, who was born in Dorchester, was elected to United States Senate and served from March 4, 1853 until June 1, 1854. Among his many achievements as a preeminent public man of the nineteenth century, Everett’s career included ten years in the House of Representatives, four years as governor of Massachusetts, an appointment as United States Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Great Britain from 1841-1845, and, briefly, Secretary of State.

The mission of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute is to educate the public about the important role of the Senate in our government and encourage participatory democracy and civil discourse. The Institute features a full-scale reproduction of the U.S. Senate Chamber and Senator Kennedy’s Washington office, as well as a series of dynamic exhibits, including   People of the Senate, a display that features images and brief biographies of every person who has ever served as a United States Senator (nearly 2,000 people). Visitors to the Institute become  “senators in training,” and enjoy a hands-on history lesson about the U.S. Senate through the use of interactive technology.  The museum is suitable for children 10 and older, and adults of all ages.

DHS has arranged for an exclusive guided tour for its members and has secured a group rate of $8 (regular admission is $14). We will meet at the Institute at 1 p.m., where a special check-in area for DHS will be set up on the day of the program. You must arrive on time to participate in the guided tour.

Buy tickets on our home page.

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Dorchester Illustration no. 2237 Elbridge Smith School

2237 Elbridge Smith School

Dorchester Illustration no. 2237

Newly acquired realphoto postcard of the Elbridge Smith School.

The school was at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Centre Street, where the Dr. William W. Henerson K-12 Inclusion School is located now (formerly the Patrick O’Hearn School).

Built by 1874, the building was built as Dorchester’s second high school replacing an earlier one near Gibson Street.  The Smith School served as the high school until the yellow brick Dorchester High School was built in Codman Square in 1900.

The view is from Centre Street.  Dorchester Avenue is at the right.

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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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