History

By - 12/4/16 - 1:35 pm

J.L. Bell unearths a British officer's report to the folks back home that mentioned how awful the weather was on Dec. 4, 1775. Only thing is, the weather was actually quite nice that day. What gives?

By - 12/4/16 - 12:48 pm
Model train set in Roslindale

Jed Hresko took in the Bay State Model Railroad Museum's semi-annual open house in Roslindale yesterday. It's open today until 3 p.m. - admission is $5 for adults, free for kids - at 760 South St. in Roslindale Square.

By - 11/30/16 - 10:25 am
New road going in in old Boston

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

By - 11/28/16 - 3:34 pm

I get treated like Ebenezer Scrooge at holiday time. After all, there is no investment advisor in Boston’s Enchanted Village. But rather than admonish my readers to rein in spending, I’m recommending you treat yourself this season.

By - 11/22/16 - 10:47 am
Elevated subway in old Boston

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

By - 11/15/16 - 12:04 pm
John Adams

The Supreme Judicial Court decided today it will not break a below-market-rates lease between Quincy and the local historical society for a building on land originally owned by John Adams, even though that deprives a beneficiary of Adams's largesse of revenue.

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By - 11/14/16 - 11:11 am
Old house next to an old market in Boston

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

By - 11/7/16 - 6:14 pm
Lucy Stone statue on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay

The statue of suffragist Lucy Stone (the first woman in Massachusetts to earn a college degree) on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall was freshly bedecked with flowers yesterday, as Leslee captured.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/3/16 - 11:23 am
Men with horses in old Boston

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

By - 11/2/16 - 3:13 pm

I’ve always wanted to dispel the common investment myth that wealthy people have an automatic advantage in the stock market. So, I thought joining a Boston Brahmin social club would be the best way to explore this topic. Things did not turn out the way I expected, but the process reinforced some very basic life lessons along with investing realities.

By - 10/31/16 - 10:18 am
A woman arguing against giving women the vote: They need better self control first

The Massachusetts Historical society details one of its collections - the records of the all-female Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women, which battled against suffrage from the 1890s until the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Read more.

By - 10/28/16 - 10:04 am
 JoAnn LaVigne Schroer with her husband in 2016

JoAnn LaVigne Schroer with her husband in 2016. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd class LaNola Stone.

The Coast Guard introduces us to Joanne LaVigne Schroer, who was just a little girl when her father was assigned to a two-year spell as the Boston Light lighthouse keeper. And she recalls the ghost:

"When we went out to the island [in 1948] the second-floor bedroom that faces the light itself was always locked," Schroer recalled. "We had always heard that back in the 1800s there was a lightkeeper whose wife went a little stir crazy and killed her husband right around Halloween. Then, she wrote about it in her diary.

"Every October, we would hear these weird noises in that room," Schroer said. "One night, my mother jiggled the doorknob to see what was going on. All of a sudden, this black image came right through the door, down the hallway and then down the stairs into the kitchen. It was the lightkeeper's wife, and she had a big dog with her," Schroer attested. "I woke up in the middle of the night and there was that big dog sitting right in the room."

By - 10/24/16 - 10:37 am
Old trolley in old Boston

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

By - 10/21/16 - 10:44 am

The Boston Architectural College Library shows us the changes.

By - 10/20/16 - 4:35 pm

The BPDA board today approved a plan to turn the one-time Hess tank farm off Condor Street into new facilities for three local marine companies, a tot lot, a dog park and a monument to a Revolutionary naval battle in Chelsea Creek. Read more.

By - 10/15/16 - 10:55 am

J.L. Bell recounts Adams's trip up from Quincy in 1818 to see Trumbull's now famous painting of the Continental Congress.

By - 10/13/16 - 10:48 am
Unpaved street in old Boston

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

Bonus UHub points if you can identify the one part of Boston that still doesn't have paved roads.