History

By - 7/26/16 - 6:22 pm

Watching the DNC roll call, where every state boasts of its uniqueness and where this guy from New Jersey just boldly stated "We are the state that started the Revolution!" Wha?

By - 7/25/16 - 11:17 am
Guy signs something at a counter

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out who these people were and what they were doing. See it larger.

By - 7/18/16 - 9:31 am
175 Poplar St. in Roslindale, where Mary Baker Eddy lived and worked

Residents living near the house on a hill at Poplar Street and Augustus Avenue plan to seek city landmark status to keep it from being torn down. Read more.

By - 7/14/16 - 11:10 am

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo - and figure out what's going on in it. See it larger.

By - 7/12/16 - 10:48 am
Banjo place in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo of a school for learning how to pluck the guitar, banjo and mandolin.

By - 7/12/16 - 10:26 am
Cocoanut Grove memorial

Even in a new location, people are still leaving memorials at the Cocoanut Grove memorial plaque, as Brad Squirrels shows us.

By - 7/10/16 - 12:01 am

A disgusted citizen files a complaint:

Move the Coconut Grove plaque to where it belongs. The city needs to stop bending over for the rich. 492 people died, why are millionaires allowed to change history and dishonor the dead. THE CITY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR MEETING THIS HAPPEN!

The citizen probably read the Cullen column: Cocoanut Grove plaque shoved down the street.

By - 7/1/16 - 12:19 pm

Turns out the author of "O, Canada" lived and died in Boston - although he did at least compose what became the Canadian national anthem while living in Canada in 1880. Read more.

By - 6/28/16 - 11:16 am
Nolte's

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By - 6/27/16 - 12:56 pm

The recent issues at BLS being reported by the media are indicators of a larger problem within the City of Boston, and it's time for constituents of Boston's legislators and officials to hold those truly responsible accountable for their inaction.

By - 6/26/16 - 6:43 pm

And before the night was over, one would be dead and the other on his way to refuge in England, according to an account by Mark Hurwitz.

Via J.L. Bell, who has more on the context of dueling in ye olde Boston.

By - 6/24/16 - 2:40 pm

The Massachusetts Historical Society gives us a taste of the history of Boston's first department store - started by Eben Jordan and Benjamin Marsh.

By - 6/16/16 - 11:22 am

J.L. Bell explores the display of crossed swords from opponents at the Battle of Bunker Hill (the anniversary for which is, of course, as any BPS student will tell you, tomorrow).

By - 6/15/16 - 10:57 pm
Old trolley tracks under Arsenal Street in Watertown

Jam Murphy spotted these old trolley tracks that are being exposed as crews dig up Arsenal Street in Watertown.

By - 6/14/16 - 11:24 pm

The Dorchester Reporter alerts us to a roughly 230-year-old, 13-star American flag now on display at the Commonwealth Museum on Columbia Point.

By - 6/14/16 - 11:16 am
Syndicate store

OOPS: We already did this one.

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 6/4/16 - 11:23 am
Boston Opera House on Huntington Avenue

Among the items in the New York Public Library's online collection of Boston images is this postcard showing the Boston Opera House on Huntington Avenue.

It opened in 1909, thanks to a last-minute donation from Eben Jordan (as in Jordan Marsh), never really did very well and then, in the 1950s, when the BRA was in full Tear Down All the Things mode, Northeastern got permission to tear it down to put up what is now Speare Hall. Read more.