Brookline Historical Society
Upcoming Events
Patriot's Day at the Edward Devotion House
Annual Ride of William Dawes
Monday, April 21, 2014
Edward Devotion House, 347 Harvard St.
Dawes Riding
On Patriots Day, there will be a recreation of the ride of William Dawes who rode with Paul Revere from Boston to Lexington in April of 1775 to warn the colonial militia that the British troops were coming.

For more information on the history of the original ride, go to or view our map of the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes.

Free and open to the public. Please join us for refreshments and fun for the whole family!
9:15 AM Children's activities and music on the lawn: make a simple period toy and listen to Fife and Drum music.
9:30 AM: Patriots' Day ceremony, including the annual reading of the Governor's Proclamation of the Celebration of Patriots' Day.
10:00 AM: Arrival of "William Dawes"! Watch him ride up Harvard Street on horseback to warn citizens of Brookline about the British Regulars' move towards Lexington and Concord.
  The Devotion House will be open for visits immediately after William Dawes' departure.
Free Sunday Walking Tours
Blake Park: History of a Neighborhood
Dates: Sunday, May 11, 2014, 2pm – 3:30pm
Meet: Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street
Led by: Ken Liss of the Brookline Historical Society
Distance: ~1 mile
Info: In 1880, Boston banker Arthur Welland Blake engaged Frederick Law Olmsted to draw plans for the subdivision into roads and lots of the Blake family estate on Aspinwall Hill. Olmsted and his firm drew numerous plans for the Blakes over the next 15 years, but they were never executed. The estate remained something of an anomaly: a large tract of open land, renowned for its landscaping, in the heart of a community rapidly developing as a "streetcar suburb". Learn how the neighborhood of "Blake Park" finally emerged - despite failed plans, untimely deaths, and financial scandal - 45 years after it was first conceived.
Blake Ad
150 Years of Shopping in Coolidge Corner
Dates: Sunday, May 4, 2014, 9am – 10am
Sunday, June 1, 2014, 9am – 10am
Meet: Kiosk at the Coolidge Corner Inbound T Stop
Led by: Ken Liss of the Brookline Historical Society
Distance: 1/2 mile
Info: Coolidge Corner was home to just one store— Coolidge & Brother — from the 1850s to the 1890s. Following the widening of Beacon Street in 1887-88 and the arrival of the S.S. Pierce store a few years later, a major new shopping district took root. Almost all of the existing buildings in this still thriving commercial area were built between 1890 and 1930. Journey back to the initial development of the Coolidge Corner business district and get a glimpse of local shopping in the early decades of the 20th Century.
Welcome to the Brookline Historical Society
The Brookline Historical Society is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Brookline's diverse history. The society's headquarters are located in the heart of Coolidge Corner at the Edward Devotion House, one of Brookline's oldest colonial period structures. The Society also maintains the circa 1780 Widow Harris House as well as the Putterham School located in Larz Anderson Park. Our membership program is active and volunteers are welcome.
Brookline Village, Harvard Sq.

We invite you to browse our growing online collection of over 350 historic photos, postcards, atlases and more.
Virtual Walking Tour
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Brookline's rich history can now take a virtual walking tour of the town via our new online map. The map presents pictures and descriptions (with links for more information) about homes, commercial buildings, churches and synagogues, schools, neighborhoods, parks, and other parts of the town.

Most of the sites marked on the map are in Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, Longwood, and the area around the First Parish Church and the old Village Green. Other sites and other areas of Brookline are being added, helping to bring to light stories behind familiar and not-so-familiar places in town.
President Ken Liss Blogs on Brookline Past & Present
Patriots' Day: "William Dawes" in Brookline
... full blog at