Dorchester History Talk at Old South Meetinghouse Feb. 9

Earl Taylor, President of the Dorchester Historical Society, and Bill Walczak, co-founder of the Codman Square Health Center will be speaking at the Old South Meetinghouse (OSMH) on February 9, at 12:15 p.m. They will present the history of Boston's largest and oldest neighborhood, Dorchester, and how it began as a small settlement established by a group of hardy English families in 1630, and how it became a wonderful neighborhood that has appealed to immigrants throughout the world! Hear Dorchester represented as a beacon of community, and a compelling neighborhood of distinct villages. The event is free for Dorchester residents with ID, and for OSMH members, $6 for all others. OSMH is located at 310 Washington Street, downtown Boston.

OSMH is hosting a variety of weekday events through February and March, designed to help local residents learn about Boston’s history. The series “Building Beantown: Exploring the Neighborhoods that Make up the ’Hub’” promises to go beyond the Freedom Trail and into the city’s diverse and complex neighborhoods, each with a distinct population and history.

This nine-part series will take place at 12:15 p.m. each Thursday in February and March, with a different speaker each week:
Feb. 2: Sum of Its Parts: A Boston Neighborhood Overview, hosted by Emily Wolf, architectural historian and assistant survey director at the Boston Landmarks Commission;
Feb. 9: Dorchester, hosted by Earl Taylor, president of the Dorchester Historical Society, and Bill Walczak, co-founder of Codman Square Health Center;
Feb. 16: Roslindale, hosted by Cathy Slade, president of the Roslindale Historical Society;
Feb. 23: the South End, hosted by Hope Shannon, director of the South End Historical Society;
March 1: South Boston, hosted by Robert Allison, chair of history at Suffolk University;
March 8: Jamaica Plain, hosted by Michael Reiskind of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and Mary Smoyer of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail;
March 15: Chinatown, hosted by Wing-Kai To, vice president of the Chinese Historical Society of New England;
March 22: Roxbury, hosted by Thomas Plant, president of the Roxbury Highlands Historical Society; and
March 29: Charlestown, hosted by Carl Zellner, historian of the Charlestown Historical Society.
Brown-bag lunches are welcome at the talks, which are free with museum admission or to Old South Meeting House members. Admission to the museum is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $1 for children 6 — 18. Children under 6 are admitted for free.

Find out more about Old South Meetinghouse at, and learn more about the Dorchester Historical Society here!

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