Hidden Treasures of Dorchester: Architecture of the Railroad Suburb by Andrew Saxe | April 19

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Mr. Saxe will give his popular talk on the history of Dorchester architecture for the third time. Refreshed and revised, with new research, new photos and a more historical photos, Mr. Saxe's lecture examines the history of Dorchester's first three hundred years through the changing styles of its houses.  As one of the oldest towns in the United States, and one effected by sweeping social and economic changes, Dorchester presents an unusually textured picture of American history.  From Puritans, to Tories, to Patriots, Industrialists, Victorian professionals, and immigrant Irish, Dorchester's residents built their homes in ways that reflected political, religious and aesthetic beliefs of their era. Few towns have experienced such an evolution or posses such a rich variety of historical styles.  While sadly many of Dorchester's grand estates have been demolished, happily hundreds of homes have survived and are being restored by the town's latest generation.


Mr. Saxe uses a mix of the collections of historic photographs from the Society's own archives, from Historic New England and Boston Public Library. The bulk of his lecture, though, presents extant houses in their current condition from his own archive of over 10,000 vivid photos taken since his move to Melville Park in 2008 from the South End.  Following his last talk to the DHS in 2013, Mr. Saxe was asked to write on this topic for Design New England and to address the Boston Society of Architects.


When:  April 19th


Where: New England Carpenter's Center

750 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester

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A People's History of the New Boston | April 13

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Author Jim Vrabel will speak about his book, A People’s History of the New Boston.


When:  Monday April 13th


Where: Adams Street Branch of the BPL

690 Adams Street, Dorchester

For more info: Call Adams Street Branch at 617-436-6900

Race and Climate Change | March 13

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As we settle into the 21st Century, the conversation with respect to climate change is no longer “if” but rather “where” and “how severe”? Over the last 15 years the United States has seen dozens of spectacular examples of droughts, floods, temperature extremes, and storms which have threatened communities across the nation The most dramatic of events was Hurricane Katrina in 2005 which caused the death of thousands and the displacement of nearly half-a-million across the Gulf Coast.

While people of color have been disproportionately affected by these disasters, they are still often excluded from considerations about the causes and consequences of climate change. This was most recently reflected in the herculean efforts to clear downtown Boston of snow ahead of the Patriots celebration parade while most of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Jamaica Plain remained buried and unable to access the most basic public services.

Please join us for a discussion on climate justice and its relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement here in New England and across the nation; and how these movements can work together for a just and equitable world. This first in what we hope will be a series of conversations seeking to re-center the voices of people of color in narratives on climate justice and encourage greater collaboration on critical issues as we strategize solutions in our communities and for our future.


When: Friday, March 13th


Where: Make Shift Boston

549 Columbus Ave, Boston

Cost: There is a suggested donation of $5-$15 for this event, but no one will be turned away.

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Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Adelle Banks


As part of the Sacred Conversations Series, Second Church in Dorchester presents "Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Adelle Banks, Production Editor and National Reporter, Religion News Service, Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30PM at Second Church, 44 Moultrie St, Dorchester, MA.

Adelle Banks has won numerous awards for her journalistic work and has recently been investigating Dr. King's prayer life and favorite hymns. Banks worked at The Orlando Sentinel, the Providence Journal and upstate New York newspapers in Syracuse and Binghamton.  A native of Newport, R.I., she is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.

She has received many honors and her work was featured in the 2006 book Good News: The Best Religion Writing in North America.

Banks is a biannual speaker for the Washington Journalism Center, a program of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. She is a former board member of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College and the Religion Newswriters Foundation. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Religion Newswriters Association.

All are welcome to attend. For more information contact Rev. Dr. Cliff Hersey at 617-825-2797 or

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