History

By - 9/25/17 - 8:37 am

The Boston Palestine Film Festival returns for its eleventh season!

When: Friday, October 20th through Sunday, October 29th. Read more.

By - 9/20/17 - 9:22 am

Shocks asks:

Has there ever been anything good written about the Boston highway revolts?

By - 9/18/17 - 11:29 am
Old building with cupola

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

By - 9/18/17 - 10:45 am

Aline Kaplan has put together a guide to the bronze animal statues of Boston. Start with the Frog Pond frogs (then follow the links at the bottom).

By - 9/16/17 - 12:28 pm
Redcoats in Downtown Crossing

A woman seems to be debating what to do as a couple of Redcoats march past in Downtown Crossing this morning, as Alex Cox shows us.

By - 9/13/17 - 10:55 am
Old printing shop in Boston

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

By - 9/12/17 - 9:54 am
Boston city seal in the North End

The entrance to the Nazzaro Community Center on North Bennet Street in the North End is topped by a Boston city seal - accompanied by Mercury ... Read more.

By - 9/8/17 - 11:33 am
Destroyed Boston Coliseum

Post-Gale coliseum.

Today, the folks at the Boston City Archives remind us, is the anniversary of the Boston landfall of the Gale of 1869, a small but powerful hurricane that did major damage to the new Boston Coliseum - built for a "peace jubilee" where Trinity Church and the Fairmont Copley Plaza sit now.

Linda Horton writes about the Gale: Read more.

By - 9/1/17 - 12:05 pm

J.L. Bell recounts and considers the story of Solomon Davis, who after a night of plum-cake eating and drinking at John Hancock's Beacon Hill place after an Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company election in 1791, meandered home following one final toast from a fellow bon vivant:

As was the natural habit of Mr. Davis, he set the table in a roar; and in one of his puns being specially felicitous, Col. Orne remarked, “Go home, Davis, and die; - you can never beat that!”

Mr. Davis, on his way home, fell dead, in a fit of apoplexy, near King’s Chapel, and his pockets were found filled with plum-cake.

By - 8/31/17 - 2:34 pm
Inside the Curley house

James Michael Curley's old place on the Jamaicaway, which has mostly sat unused for decades, will get new life under a plan by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to re-open it for regular historical and cultural events. Read more.

By - 8/30/17 - 11:17 am
Alley in old Boston

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

By - 8/25/17 - 9:07 am
Mystery Lynn woman

Some 30 years ago, Tanya McClurkin bought a book at a book fair at the Lynn Public Library. Inside, she found this photo. Now she's hoping for some help in identifying the lady to possibly give it to any surviving relatives.

By - 8/22/17 - 10:58 am
Construction in old Boston

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

By - 8/21/17 - 9:05 am

Lisa Johnson reports she recently came across a clipping of a poem about a 1715 eclipse in England - that had a more recent account of a Boston eclipse written on it: Read more.

By - 8/17/17 - 3:23 pm

A Floridian who spent some time in Boston in the 1980s discovered one of her ancestors was a coal shoveler on a Confederate steamer who was captured and sent to Fort Warren on Georges Island, where he died. She writes today why she thinks the now covered-up memorial to him and 12 other rebels should be taken down: Read more.

By - 8/15/17 - 9:57 pm
Boarded up Confederate memorial on Georges Island

Boarded-up memorial to American traitors.

A memorial to the 13 Confederate soldiers who died while held on Georges Island - out of some 1,000 kept prisoner there - is now covered with wooden boards as the Baker administration determines if and how they can just get rid of the thing. Read more.

By - 8/14/17 - 11:47 am
School kids in old Boston

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

By - 8/14/17 - 9:57 am

Via the diary of Charles Francis Adams, J.L. Bell recounts the first meeting in 40 years of the Revolutionary stalwarts, at the Adams home in Quincy.

By - 8/13/17 - 2:31 pm

Here's a Harvard Crimson account of the day in 1961 when George Lincoln Rockwell and some other American Nazis showed up at the Saxon Theater (now the Cutler Majestic) on Tremont Street to protest the showing of "Exodus." Read more.

By - 8/7/17 - 9:50 am

Joe Kinsella has put together a list of key spots for anybody interested in the history of technology innovation in the Boston area (with side excursions out to Auburn for the site of the first rocket launch and the Cape for the first wireless transatlantic transmission).