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By - 7/4/15 - 12:07 pm
John Adams in Quincy

Seems our second president would have preferred July 2 as Independence Day, although that would have deprived us of that story about him and Jefferson both dying within hours of each other on the national holiday.

David Parsons captured the Adams mural in Quincy.

Copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/2/15 - 7:13 pm
Entering Boston, incorporated 1822

Most of the time, when you enter Boston, the signs say "Est. 1630." But when you enter Charlestown on Broadway from Everett, the signs say "Inc. 1822," which, while not inaccurate, since they refer to when Boston was incorporated as a city, just seem kind of odd.

By - 7/1/15 - 12:04 pm
Trolley in old Boston

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

By - 7/1/15 - 11:59 am

Anthony Sammarco reports somebody borrowed a collection of photos and documents related to the old West End from the BPL's West End branch and then just never returned them.

A collection of West End photographs and archives was loaned to someone who has not returned it to the West End Library. We are looking to recreate a collection on the Lost West End. Any photographs or materials on the once thriving neighborhood would be greatly appreciated. Please send to West End Library, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114. Let's recreate what has been lost by theft.

By - 6/29/15 - 6:15 am
Remains of Confederate flag on the 54th Massachusetts memorial

Remains of the flag. Photo by Hkergrrl.

The Globe reports Melissa Carino took down a Confederate flag that had been draped over the memorial to the North's first black regiment last night after State and Boston Police declined to act, each saying the other was responsible for the historic marker across from the State House.

By - 6/28/15 - 9:41 pm
Trolleys in Copley Square

The Boston City Archives recently posted a collection of photos of Boston street cars, including this photo of trolleys lined up in Copley Square for the School Boy Parade on June 6, 1937, and a photo of the scene on Tremont Street around 1895 - two years before the first subway tunnel in America opened underneath Tremont: Read more.

By - 6/27/15 - 12:18 pm
City Hall sign pointing to City Hall

What's not to love? 2012 photo.

ArchDaily interviews a trio of architects writing a book about the glory of 1960s and 1970s concrete architecture in Boston and why they prefer to call it "Heroic" rather than "Brutalist." For starters, not all concrete buildings are brutalist. Equally important, they say, all that concrete reflects an era in which city leaders managed to revitalize a city that had been somnolently declining for decades. Read more.

By - 6/22/15 - 11:17 am
An early Boston control center

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what this control center controlled, and when. See it larger.

By - 6/16/15 - 6:21 pm

The Boston Preservation Alliance posts an interview with city archaeologist Joe Bagley. He brings us up to date on the archaeological digs in the front yard of Old City Hall (site of an even older home for Boston Latin School) - they've found the remains of a building, but which one? - and alerts us that his next major project will be at at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, looking for an outhouse that would have been in use when the site was home of the Industrial School for Girls in the mid-19th century.

By - 6/16/15 - 1:01 pm
Construction in old Boston

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

By - 6/10/15 - 3:03 pm
Trolley under an el

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

By - 6/3/15 - 10:22 am
Old Boston subway car

But where and when? The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 6/1/15 - 7:11 pm

Boston city archaelogist Joseph Bagley this week is scheduled to begin archaeological digs in front of Old City Hall on School Street - not in search of Curley's Desk, but in search of tidbits left over from the days when the land was the home of both Boston Latin School and Boston Latin School's schoolmaster.

Bagley will lead volunteers in digging a number of 16x1.5-foot test trenches in an attempt to find the foundations and yards of the schoolmaster's 17th-century home. In a statement, Bagley said: Read more.

By - 6/1/15 - 4:08 pm

Somebody carries a confederate battle flag every year in the parade. Anybody know why?

By - 6/1/15 - 11:25 am
Old Boston newsstand

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

By - 5/28/15 - 7:31 am

The Harvard Gazette tells the story of some of the church bells across Cambridge that will be rung this morning after Harvard commencement.

The bells will begin to ring at 11:30 a.m., just after the sheriff of Middlesex County declares the Commencement Exercises adjourned. They will ring for approximately 15 minutes.

By - 5/25/15 - 11:39 pm
Revolutionaries remember the reason for Memorial Day on Boston Common

Stevil was on the Common today: Read more.

By - 5/21/15 - 8:07 am

Wilmington Police report a crew repairing a water-main break on Shawsheen Avenue uncovered some trolley tracks: Read more.

By - 5/20/15 - 5:26 pm
USS Constitution in drydock

Our own SwirlyGrrl captured Old Ironsides in its new home for the next couple of years: Drydock for some restoration work.

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