Brookline Historical Society
Upcoming Event
A Brookline Children's Photo Album, 1882
2-4 PM Sunday, June 7, 2015
Coolidge Corner Branch, Brookline Library
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline
Page of the Album
A page from the album
Last August, the Brookline Historical Society was given a tiny photo album - 3" wide by 3.75" high - with postage stamp-sized photos of 48 Brookline and Boston children. Written inside the front cover were the name Mamie Williams and the date March 16, 1882.

Who was Mamie Williams? Who were the children pictured in her album? What was the connection between them? What became of them as adults? Why were the photos so small?

Months of research have led to answers to these questions and to some fascinating stories about individuals, about Brookline society, and even about a particular type of 19th century photography.

Come hear and see more as Society president Ken Liss tells the tale of this 133-year old album and the people inside it.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. A brief business meeting will precede the program.
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.
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