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

 

Karen MacNutt in costume

 

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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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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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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