Dorchester History Initiative Series | March 15, 2017

Two UMass graduate students will spotlight two very different versions of Dorchester's grassroots community activism from four decades ago: >> Read More

Historic New England: New England Home Teams | Aug. 15

Ever wonder why our football team is called the Patriots? Or why the Red Sox are named after their socks? Children root, root, root into the history of New England home teams, explore how they were formed, and discover how teams choose a mascot. Participants invent their own team complete with a name, colors, and a mascot and make a team pennant. For ages 3 and up.

When: August 15 at 2pm

Where: 690 Adams St. Dorchester, MA 02122

April Ghoul's Day Ride | April 30

Join Dot Bike for a guided 6-mile ride touring Dorchester North (est. 1634) and South (1814) Burying Grounds and Cedar Grove Cemetery (1867). Meet your living, bicycling neighbors and some not-so-living neighbors and learn a few fun facts about Dorchester’s famous burying grounds! The route will include a stretch of the lovely Neponset River path, including the falls at Lower Mills.


When: Sat, April 30 , 10am

Where: Home.stead bakery & cafe 1448 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester 02122



Contact: daduncan@verizon.net

EMK Institute Guided Tour with Dorchester Historical Society | April 17

To mark the birthday of Edward Everett, Dorchester Historical Society has arranged for an exclusive guided tour for its members and has secured a group rate of $8 (regular admission is $14). Meet at the Institute where a special check-in area for DHS will be set up on the day of the program. You must arrive on time to participate in the guided tour.


Where: Emk Institute, 210 Morrissey Boulevard Boston, MA 02125

When: Sun April 17, 1pm

To purchase tickets: please visit http://www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org/

Roxbury History Night: Independent Schools in the 60s | March 30

Roxbury History Speaker Series

Where: Haley House Bakery Café 12 Dade Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
When: Wednesday, March 30
Come for dinner starting at 5 pm; program starts promptly at 7 pm
Please rsvp to roxburyhistory@gmail.com

Roxbury Community School, Highland Park Free School, and the New School for Children were independent schools founded by parents to provide their children with an excellent education when the Boston Public Schools were failing them.

What was special about these schools? What can we learn from them in light of today’s educational challenges? Parents, teachers and students from these schools will share their experiences.

Participants include: >> Read More

Who Was Oliver Optic? | April 2

Rediscover the lost works of Dorchester resident “Oliver Optic,” a.k.a. William T. Adams. In this hour-long talk, author Peter Walther will discuss Adams, a dearly beloved writer of popular juvenile during the latter half of the nineteenth century and the author of 126 books and over 1,000 stories. 

A practicing musician, Peter Walther is a member of the prestigious American Antiquarian Society and belongs to both the Elgar and the Donizetti Societies in England. He is also a reviewer for the North American Jules Verne Society.

This event is co-hosted by the Dorchester Historical Society.

When: Saturday, April 2 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Where: Fields Corner Branch, 1520 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester 02122

No Irish Need Apply": A History of the Irish in Boston | March 29

In this one-hour presentation, historian Christopher Daley will explore the history of the Irish community in Boston from the first real migration of the Irish in 1718, to the arrival of the Scotch-Irish or the 'Ulster Irish', and the pre-famine trickle of Irish Immigrants and the corresponding increase in Anti-Irish/Catholic sentiment within Boston.

When: Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Where: Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
1520 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester 02122

The Black Community of Colonial Dorchester | Feb 21

Dorchester Historical Society presents local historian Alex Goldfeld, who will talk about Colonial Dorchester & Boston exploring what is known about Sebastian Kane, Dorchester's first Black  landowner and other people African decent in a predominantly white colony. Alex Goldfeld will also use his original research on Boston's "New Guinea" neighborhood to explore black life over three centuries ago.


When: Sunday, Feb 21, 2pm

Where: Dorchester Historical Society, 195 Boston St., Dorchester, MA  02125 


This program is free and open to the public.

What Do You Know About the Harlem Renaissance? | Feb 18

Desiree Taylor takes you on an investigative journey through the Harlem Renaissance. Learn about the period and the people while asking “What would I do?”

Desiree Taylor, M.Ed., M.A., creates fun, current, and relevant public educational opportunities for diverse ages and audiences. Her background is in American Studies, teaching, crafting, and writing.

When: Thursday, February 18, 4 p.m.

Where: Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
500 Columbia Road

The Maritime History of the Cape Verde Islands, 1498-1904 | Dec 17

Michael P. Dyer is a Senior Maritime Historian of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

In this talk, he explores how the islands of the Atlantic figured prominently in the American maritime industries, with a particular focus on the last days of the industry when Cape Verdean and Azorean mariners assumed a much more significant profile in the ownership and management of New Bedford whalers. Their stories are synonymous with the last days of the industry.

A Q&A session will follow the talk.

When: Thursday, December 17, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
500 Columbia Road 

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