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Upcoming Event: The Annual Fall Program
A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts
1:30 PM Sunday, November 6, 2016
Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library
361 Washington Street, Brookline
History is right under our feet; we just need to dig a little to find it. Though not the most popular construction project, Boston's Big Dig has contributed more to our understanding and appreciation of the city's archaeological history than any other recent event. Join Joseph M. Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston, and author of A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts for a look at Boston's fascinating hodgepodge of history- from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts. From cannonballs to drinking cups and from ancient spears to chinaware, he will discuss a number of artifacts and their significance in the city's history.
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
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.
We invite you to browse our growing online collection of over 350 historic photos, postcards, atlases and more.
Virtual Walking Tour
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
Virginia Aiken, Teenage Dealer of Electric CarsOn Memorial Day in 1912 a parade of 125 electric cars and trucks made its way from Brookline Avenue through the Back Bay to downtown Boston. At the head of the parade, as she had been in a smaller procession the year before, was 17-year old Virginia E. Aiken of Brookline. Aiken was the niece of Day ... full blog at brooklinehistory.blogspot.com