Brookline Historical Society
Upcoming Event: Ride of William Dawes
Patriot's Day at the Edward Devotion House
Annual Ride of William Dawes
Monday, April 21, 2014
Edward Devotion House, 347 Harvard St.
9:30-10:30 PM Monday, April 20, 2015
Dawes Riding
Join us at the Devotion House on the morning of Patriots' Day for an open house, period music, and the annual visit of "William Dawes" in a recreation of his ride through Brookline on his way to Lexington in 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: Period music, children's activities, and the annual reading of the Governor's Proclamation of the Celebration of Patriots' Day.
10:10 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.
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
Brookline High School, Class of 1898
They were 14 friends 12 young women and 2 young men who went to school together in Brookline more than a century ago. Their class (all but one graduated from Brookline High in 1898) was one of the first to attend the new high school that opened on Greenough Street in 1893. ... full blog at