March 22, 2015 Urban Religion and the Origins of Addiction Recovery

Urban Religion and the Origins of Addiction Recovery

2:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the William Clapp House

Eoin Cannon, aide to Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh and author of The Saloon and the

Mission. Tales of surviving the depths of addiction are among the most popular

stories in American culture today, combining compelling drama with spiritual uplift and

psychological insight. At the same time, story-telling plays an important role in recovery

practices. When did Americans start telling recovery stories and why? Eoin Cannon traces

this phenomenon to the evangelical Christian missions run by reformed drunkards in

American cities in the late 19th century.

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Urban Religion and the Origins of Addiction Recovery

2:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the William Clapp House

Eoin Cannon, aide to Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh and author of The Saloon and the Mission. Tales of surviving the depths of addiction are among the most popular stories in American culture today, combining compelling drama with spiritual uplift and psychological insight. At the same time, story-telling plays an important role in recovery practices. When did Americans start telling recovery stories and why? Eoin Cannon traces  this phenomenon to the evangelical Christian missions run by reformed drunkards in American cities in the late 19th century.

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Dorchester Illustration 2184 McGovern Coal

Dorchester Illustration no. 2184

McGovern Coal on Geneva Avenue, circa 1940.

“Then there was the McGovern Coal Company down on Geneva Avenue. It’s interesting to know how the McGoverns got their money to go in the coal business. Well, when old Mr. McGovern and his brother came over from the old country, they went out west to get their fortune. They were panning gold and when they had enough, they started home on horseback. On the way home they got chased by Indians and they had sacks of gold across their saddles. Mr. McGovern’s brother got shot by an arrow, an Indian arrow. Well, he couldn’t do anything to save him crossing the river, so he reached over and he got his brother’s gold, and put it on his saddle, and he came home here and started in the coal business. “

 

Quote from John Ward in Dorchester. Boston 200 Series. (Boston, 1976)

 

 

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Dorchester Illustration 2183 Howard Johnson’s

Dorchester Illustration no. 2183

Howard Johnson’s advertisement from 1964.

Fresh off a destroyer … weeks since he’d seen his girl … the sailor borrowed a car from a buddy at the Boston Naval Shipyard and was enroute to Attleboro, Mass., to see her when trouble developed in a front wheel.  Pulling up sharply in front of the Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Dorchester, Mass., he removed his wheel and discovered a broken bearing.  What now?

 

.. Ron Brodeur, who was a trainee at the Restaurant, took a break and helped remount the wheel.  For this he won the Howard Johnson’s Spotlight Award.

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Dorchester Illustration no. 2182 South Bay

Dorchester Illustration no. 2182

Bird’s-eye view of the South Bay in 1871.  Hard to believe it is now a shopping plaza.

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Dorchester Illustration no. 2181 Home Market

Dorchester Illustration no. 2181

 

Today we have another photo published in 1895 in a booklet called Picturesque Boston Highlands, Jamaica Plain and Dorchester.

 

Home Market on Standish Street.

 

 

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March 1st, 2015, Chocolate program re-scheduled to March 1st at 2 pm

Please note that the chocolate program has been re-scheduled to March 1st at 2 pm.

Dorchester Historical Society

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Dorchester Illustration no. 2180 Glover’s Corner

Dorchester Illustration no. 2180 Glover’s Corner 1895

Today we have another photo published in 1895 in a booklet called Picturesque Boston Highlands, Jamaica Plain and Dorchester, this time of Glover’s Corner.

The buildings at the right are gone, replaced by a parking lot for school buses, a gas station, and the dBar restaurant and Dunkin Donuts.

The building at the left still exists.  It is even now sometimes referred to as Farrington’s Store.

F. Farrington, Dealer in West-India Goods, Flour, Teas, Tobaccos, Spices, etc., 1261 Dorchester Ave., cor. East St. Wd 24, Boston

Among the many grocery establishments carried on in this city, that conducted by Mr. F. Farrington, at No. 1261 Dorchester Avenue, corner of East Street, Dorchester District, deserves particular mention on account of the age and the high character of the enterprise.  It was inaugurated about 1830 by Andrew Glover, who sold the business in 1863 to the present proprietor, who had been in business on the opposite side of the street for six years previous, or since 1856, and in this connections it is interesting to note that Mr. Farrington’s business cards refer to him as a dealer in “West India Goods,” as all groceries were  called in the days when the most important goods they handled came entirely from the West Indies.  But we would not have our readers infer that there is anything “behind the times” about this establishment, for it is thoroughly “up to date” in every particular although Mr. Farrington does adhere to the old-fashioned policy of giving “full value for money received.”  He carries a large, carefully-chosen and compete stock of staple and fancy groceries, including the choicest teas and coffees and the purest spices that the market affords, and a very complete line of imported and domestic table delicacies, the very best canned goods, etc.   Employment is given to three competent assistants, and all orders are assured prompt and careful attention.

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Dorchester Illustration 2179 Peabody Square 1895

Dorchester Illustration no. 2179

 

Today we have a photo of Peabody Square published in 1895 in a booklet called Picturesque Boston Highlands, Jamaica Plain and Dorchester.

 

The photo shows what is now O’Briens Market on the left and the train station at the north of the square.  It looks as if the market took up the whole first floor at that time.

 

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Dorchester Illustration 2178 Gas Tank

Dorchester Illustration no. 2178           

 

In 1971 artist Corita Kent was commissioned to illustrate one of the two gas tanks that then stood at the side of the Southeast Expressway.  Today’s photograph shows her with a model tank in front of the huge original.  In 1992 the design was transferred to the other tank, and the original tank was taken down.  The work is said to be the largest copyrighted work of art in the world.

 

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