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By adamg - 4/6/20 - 11:48 am
Hotel Buckminster in 1900

Hotel Buckminster in 1900, when there wasn't much else around. Source.

The Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square announced on March 23 that it was closing, but unlike the nearby Hotel Commonwealth, says its closing is permanent. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/20 - 10:57 am
Ray Flynn in a barbershop

The folks at the Boston City Archives are continuing their exploration of a large collection of Ray Flynn-era photos and is seeking help to identify the non-Ray folks in this photo.

By adamg - 4/3/20 - 4:00 pm
Fans crowd WNAC host Ruth Moss on Washington Street downtown

Fans crowd Yankee Network host Ruth Moss on Tremont Street downtown in June, 1942. Source.

Digital Commonwealth is a great way to spend some major time - it has tens of thousands of photos from libraries and museums across the state. For some reason this morning, I decided to search on "crowd, which, among other things, led me to the BPL's Richard Merrill Collection - more than 5,000 photos taken of life in the Boston area in the 1930s. Read more.

By adamg - 4/3/20 - 9:29 am

BostonIrish details the episodes of "Gaeil Bhoston," an Irish documentary series. The series is in Irish, but has English subtitles.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 9:52 am
Three men at the Robert Gould Shaw memorial in the 1980s

The folks at the Boston City Archives have been going through a collection of photos from the Flynn administration and are asking for help to identify these three men, photographed in front of the Robert Gould Shaw memorial on Beacon Street in the 1980s.

By adamg - 3/5/20 - 9:51 am
Obituary for Patrick Carr, one of the men shot dead in the Boston Massacre

Obituary for Patrick Carr, shot dead in the Boston Massacre (from the Library of Congress).

Today is the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, outside what is now the Old State House. J.L. Bell discusses the deadly brawl from a different perspective, that of a French servant who testified he fired towards the crowd from the second floor of the Boston customhouse, where his master, Edward Manwaring, worked:

[O]ne of them a tall man, pulled me up stairs, and said to me, you must fire, the tall man gave me a gun, and said to me "if you don’t fire I'll kill you."

By adamg - 3/4/20 - 10:32 pm

The Paul Revere Daughters of the American Revolution sound the alarum: At 9 a.m. on Thursday, on the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, a wreath will be laid at the Granary Burying Ground. Muskets will be fired.

By uhrinews - 2/25/20 - 7:48 pm
Liberians celebrate immigration victory

Dinner Celebrating Liberian Refugee Fairness Act & Successful Conclusion of "Operation Equal Protection"

Feb 29, 2020 12:00 Noon to 2:00PM
International Community Church
30 Gordon Street
Allston, MA 02134
(Parking at 617 Cambridge Street)


By adamg - 2/23/20 - 3:09 pm

Recent weeks have seen the phrase "high crimes and misdemeanors" re-enter the public discourse. Turns out there are also "low crimes," one of which used to carry a particularly gruesome penalty in New England - and which is still listed as a capital offense in Massachusetts lawbooks even though it was used primarily as a way to punish slaves, such as a slave known only as Mark, whose tarred remains were kept on public display by the side of the road in Charlestown for more than 20 years. Read more.

By adamg - 2/20/20 - 10:47 am
Ray Flynn with other people

The folks at Boston City Archives wonder if you can identify the people standing with then mayor Ray Flynn in this photo. This isn't one of those historic puzzlers - they really don't know (well, except one of them was Fire Commissioner Leo Stapleton) and are looking for help.

By adamg - 2/17/20 - 12:45 pm
Booth and Corbett

Booth and Corbett.

Before he became Abe Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth was a well known actor who so liked performing in Boston - at the Boston Museum theater on Tremont Street, next to the King's Chapel Burying Ground - that he bought a parcel on Commonwealth Avenue in the newly emerging Back Bay to build a home. Read more.

By adamg - 2/10/20 - 10:18 am
Intro to A Book of Medical Discourses in Two Parts

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library have started raising funds for a gravestone for Rebecca Lee Crumpler, who graduated from the New England Female Medical College in Boston in 1864 and whose body currently lies in an unmarked grave in Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park. Read more.

By adamg - 2/10/20 - 9:57 am
Dining room in old Boston

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

By uhrinews - 2/9/20 - 1:33 am

For Immediate Release: February 8, 2020

"Unfinished Business" 200 years and counting of discrimination
Feb 28, 2020
Boston Public Library
1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02126
Time: 2:00PM to 4:00PM
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By adamg - 2/5/20 - 9:53 am
Streetcar in old Boston

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

By adamg - 2/3/20 - 3:22 pm
Jeep Jones

Clarence "Jeep" Jones, who led the Boston Redevelopment Authority board for 24 years, died Saturday.

Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 9:45 am
El going up
Sign on the el tracks

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out which el this was and when (the smaller photo shows the sign on the construction rig).

See it larger.

By adamg - 1/20/20 - 9:48 am
From Scollay Square to Government Center

You can use a slider to see Scollay Square change into Government Center.

The BPL's Norman Leventhal Map Center has created this really nifty thing that you should probably stop reading about right now unless you have some free time, because you're going to want to play with it right away: Atlascope Boston lets you enter a Boston-area address or location and then see what it looked like in the good old days (some of the maps date to the 1860s). Read more.

By adamg - 1/17/20 - 9:55 am

New England Folklore recounts the story of the two elms that flank the Robert Gould Shaw memorial at Beacon and Park streets - planted by John Hancock himself before the Revolution. Turns out the memorial sits on a vault designed to protect the roots of the trees.

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