March 1st, 2015 Chocolate, Culture and the Politics of Food

Chocolate, Culture and the Politics of Food

2 pm, Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at the William Clapp House

Join Carla D. Martin, Harvard University lecturer, for a sensory exploration of the world of chocolate.  Inspired by her popular undergraduate course, this event will introduce the socio-historical legacy of chocolate and the global and ethical issues connected to the production of one of America’s favorite sweets, with an emphasis on the eating and appreciation of the so-called “food of the gods.”  Guided chocolate tasting will be woven throughout the event.

Dorchester Historical Society, 195 Boston Street, Dorchester, MA  02125

 

Carla Martin is a postdoctoral Harvard College Fellow in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, where she teaches classes on African popular culture, black ethnic diversity, race and technology, and chocolate and food politics.

A social anthropologist with interdisciplinary interests that include history, ethnomusicology, and linguistics, she received her Ph.D. in African and African American Studies from Harvard University in 2012. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Sounding Creole: The Politics of Cape Verdean Language, Music, and Diaspora,” examines the longstanding problem of language inequality in Cape Verde and its large diaspora and how scholars and creative artists have both perpetuated and challenged this inequality.

Check out her blog bittersweet notes at  http://bittersweetnotes.com

She presents a long list of supermarket candy and offers suggestions for even more satisfying treats. For example, if you love Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, just wait ‘til you try: Alma Chocolate’s Salted Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolopolis Peanut Butter Tortoises, Recchiuti Peanut Butter Pucks, Patric Chocolate PBJ OMG bar.

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Feb. 15, 2015 Chocolate, Culture and the Politics of Food

Chocolate, Culture and the Politics of Food

2 pm, Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the William Clapp House

Join Carla D. Martin, Harvard University lecturer, for a sensory exploration of the world of chocolate.  Inspired by her popular undergraduate course, this event will introduce the socio-historical legacy of chocolate and the global and ethical issues connected to the production of one of America’s favorite sweets, with an emphasis on the eating and appreciation of the so-called “food of the gods.”  Guided chocolate tasting will be woven throughout the event.

Dorchester Historical Society, 195 Boston Street, Dorchester, MA  02125

 

Carla Martin is a postdoctoral Harvard College Fellow in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, where she teaches classes on African popular culture, black ethnic diversity, race and technology, and chocolate and food politics.

A social anthropologist with interdisciplinary interests that include history, ethnomusicology, and linguistics, she received her Ph.D. in African and African American Studies from Harvard University in 2012. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Sounding Creole: The Politics of Cape Verdean Language, Music, and Diaspora,” examines the longstanding problem of language inequality in Cape Verde and its large diaspora and how scholars and creative artists have both perpetuated and challenged this inequality.

Check out her blog bittersweet notes at  http://bittersweetnotes.com

She presents a long list of supermarket candy and offers suggestions for even more satisfying treats. For example, if you love Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, just wait ‘til you try: Alma Chocolate’s Salted Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolopolis Peanut Butter Tortoises, Recchiuti Peanut Butter Pucks, Patric Chocolate PBJ OMG bar.

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Dorchester Illustration 2177 Construction of subway tunnel Peabody Square

Dorchester Illustration no. 2177           

 Today’s photo shows construction of the subway tunnel at Peabody Square in the 1920s.

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Dorchester Illustration 2176 Dorchester Poor House

Dorchester Illustration no. 2176           

 

The Almshouse or the Dorchester Poor House was at Kane Square, the junction of Bowdoin and Hancock Streets.  Also published in Dorchester / Anthony Mitchell Sammarco. Dover, NH, 1995. Images of America series.

 

The building existed prior to annexation in 1870 and was standing at least as late as 1918, but the last map in which it was called an Alms House was in 1884.  After that the building was used by the public works department.

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Dorchester Illustration no. 2175 Sub-Chaser PC-1332

Dorchester Illustration no. 2175           

 

During World War II, both the Lawley Shipyard and Simms Brothers constructed sub-chasers for the war effort.  PC-1332 came out of the Simms Brothers yard.

 

 

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • ·  Laid down 16 December 1942 as PC-1332 by the Simms Brothers, Dorchester, MA
  • ·  Reclassified SC-1332 in April 1943
  • ·  Launched 17 July 1943
  • ·  Commissioned 6 August 1943
  • ·  Struck from the Naval Register 26 February 1946
  • ·  Transferred to the Maritime Commission 6 July 1948
  • ·  Fate unknown.

Specifications:

  • ·  Displacement 148 t.
  • ·  Length 110′ 10″
  • ·  Beam 17′
  • ·  Draft 6′ 6″
  • ·  Speed 15.6 kts.
  • ·  Complement 28
  • ·  Armament: One 40mm mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector “K Guns,” two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap rails with four 7.2 projectiles and two depth charge tracks
  • ·  Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.

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Dorchester Illustration no. 2174 Charlotte Feldman

Dorchester Illustration no. 2174    Charlotte Feldman

  

 

May 20, 1927.   7-year-old girl leads orchestra of youngsters. Miss Charlotte Feldman 7-year-old grade pupil of the Atherton School in Dorchester was acclaimed by an audience of 3,500 persons as an accomplished musician when she led an orchestra of 160 grade pupils in a recital which featured the annual musical festival of the Boston Public Schools.

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Dorchester Illustration no. 2173 Dorchester High School

Dorchester Illustration no. 2173 Dorchester High School

 

The third high school building is located at the corner of Talbot Avenue and Centre Street. Designed by Hartwell, Richardson and Driver and built in 1900, it later became Dorchester High School for Girls, later Girls’ Latin School, later Boston Latin Academy and now Latin Academy Apartments. The third high school building is located at the corner of Talbot Avenue and Centre Street. Designed by Hartwell, Richardson and Driver and built in 1900, it later became Dorchester High School for Girls, later Girls’ Latin School, later Boston Latin Academy and now Latin Academy Apartments.

 

Although this illustration shows the exterior as white, it is really yellow brick.

 

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December 14, 2014 Holiday Open House

December 14, 2014 Holiday Party

DHS members and friends gather to ring in the holiday season at the annual Holiday Open House. Dorchester-based pianist Bil Mooney-McCoy will play music of the holiday season and lead the gathering in a lively carol sing.  Enjoy food, good company and shopping in our specialty gift shop.

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Dec. 14, 2014 Holiday Party at Dorchester Historical Society

Historic setting, food, music – join us.

2 pm, Dec. 14, 2014

Dorchester Historical Society

195 Boston Street, Dorchester

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Dorchester Illustration 2172 Torrey Mansion

Dorchester Illustration no. 2172 Torrey House

 

The Torrey mansion stood on the corner of Washington Street and Melville Avenue. Designed by Cabot and Chandler, the Torrey House was one of the most elaborate 19th-century homes in Dorchester.

ELBRIDGE TORREY was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, September 17,1837. He died at his home in Dorchester, Massachusetts, January 2, 1914. Mr. Torrey belonged to the old school of Boston merchants, noted for their enterprise and sterling integrity. His philanthropies were many and of great variety, though always free from ostentation. It is within bounds to say that no man stood higher than he in the esteem and confidence of the people where he made his home for more than the past half century.

The following positions have been held by Mr. Torrey: President of Torrey, Bright & Capen Co. (carpet importers), since its incorporation, until he retired from business in 1907; corporate member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, from 1876, also a member of its Prudential Committee, serving until he resigned in 1893; Trustee of Mount Holyoke College from 1899 until his death; was elected a member of the Board of Trustees at Hartford Theological Seminary, and served 17 years, the last 3 of which he held the office of President. He then declined a re-election; President of Central Turkey College, and at the time of his death, of the Cullis Consumptives’ Home. He was one of the original members of the Boston Congregational Club. He was at one time unanimously elected its President but declined to serve. He was also a member of the Board of Council of the Home for Aged Couples and for fifty years was identified with the Second Church of Dorchester, was Deacon forty-five years, and Chairman forty-two years of the Board of Assessors of the Parish. He was Vice-president of the Congregational Church Building Society and a Director in the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He was for several years on the Board of Directors of the Elm Hill Home for Aged Couples. He was also for seventeen years on the Board of Trustees of Bradford Academy.

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