William Dawes’ Secret

First Church of Roxbury 10 Putnam Street Roxbury, MA 02119 (map)

William Dawes, Jr., is known today only as the other rider who carried news of the British army march to Lexington in April 1775. Like the more famous Paul Revere, Dawes was deeply involved in the Patriot movement for years before and after that date. This talk reveals Dawes the militia organizer, the fashion icon, even the arms smuggler whose secret mission for the Patriots’ Committee of Safety helped bring on the Revolutionary War.

The speaker will be J. L. Bell, who is the author of The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War. He maintains the Boston1775.net website, offering daily helpings of history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about Revolutionary New England. Bell has spoken at many historical sites in greater Boston and consulted for the National Park Service, the Lexington Historical Society, and the History Detectives TV show.

Join us at the First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury to learn more about this lesser-known hero of pre-Revolutionary Boston.

This event is co-sponsored by the Roxbury Historical Society, the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry and the JPHS. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Check out the latest at the Shirley-Eustis House

City Archaeologist Joe Bagley and the City of Boston Archaeology program are currently digging at the Shirley-Eustis House! They are hoping to find the original foundation of the Mansion, particularly the location of the winter kitchen, and also privies. The dig started on October 1st and is expected to last for about two or three weeks.

Check out these panoramic, interactive photos of the dig site.

More information here.

Highland Park/Fort Hill Preservation Month Walk

As part of Boston Preservation Month there will be a walking discussion in Highland Park/Fort Hill to discuss how the neighborhood has grown and changed over its long history in terms of urban form and social dynamics.

Led by Curtis Perrin and Barry Gaither. Meet at 11AM, Saturday, May 26 at the Hubway/BlueBikes station out front of Roxbury Crossing T Station.

Please RSVP to tnscor@gmail.com All are welcome, and this event is free and should last about 2 hours.

RHS History & Justice Lecture Series

Don’t miss the History and Justice Lecture Series  co-sponsored by the Roxbury Historical Society and the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.

First Church in Roxbury – 10 Putnam Street, Eliot Square,
Roxbury, MA 02119

Community dinner at 6 PM. Lecture at 6:30 PM.
Free and open to the public.

January 9, 2017 – Abolition and Slavery in Roxbury
With State Rep. Byron Rushing

Feb 13-The Roxbury Defenders
Learn the history of  this group  founded by attorneys  in 1971  to defend people in Roxbury  accused of crimes, and to provide legal advice to those who needed it.

Four former  members of the Roxbury Defenders who later all became prominent judges will participate. The Honorable Leslie Harris,  Associate Justice, Suffolk Juvenile Court (Roxbury) (retired),
the Honorable Geraldine Hines, Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court (retired), the Honorable Roderick Ireland, Chief Justice, Supreme Judicial Court (retired) and the Honorable Milton Wright, First Justice, Roxbury Division, Boston Municipal Court  (retired)

March  13 – Stopping a Highway:
The story of how an unlikely multiracial coalition of urban and suburban residents, planners, and activists emerged to stop an interstate highway 
eaturing Dr. Karilyn Crockett, Director of Economic Policy and Research, Small Business Development with the City of Boston

Landmarking Hearing for the Hampton/Bond house in Roxbury

A hearing for the landmarking of Henry Hampton’s house at 88 Lambert Ave. will be held at Boston City Hall, 9th Floor, at 6PM on Tuesday, June 27. Entry to City Hall at night is via the back entry on the Congress Street side (facing Fanueil Hall).

88 Lambert Ave. was the base of operations for Hampton’s studio Blackside as well as being his residence. Hampton won several Emmy awards and is famous for his documentary “Eyes on the Prize,” which is credited with shifting the narrative on Civil Rights from victimization to strength. He was a vital presence in the community for many years.

The house is also important as an excellent piece of architecture dating from the Regency period in the 1830s. It was designed by the notable early American architect Richard Bond.

This house is of National importance because of its association with the Civil Rights movement.

Public attendance at the hearing will show that the community is committed to saving this house.

Remembering Henry Hampton In Roxbury

A conversation with  Callie Crossley of 89.7 WGBH and Honorable Judge Leslie Harris about the historical 88 Lambert Avenue estate in Roxbury, a former residence of Henry Hampton and the Harris Family.

The discussion will also explore the early years of Blackside, Inc. production company of Eyes on the Prize founded by Mr. Hampton and established in Roxbury.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 | 6:30 pm
First Church in Roxbury 10 Putnam St. Roxbury, MA

RSVP: roxburyhistory@gmail.com

Co-Sponsors: Haley House Bakery Cafe & The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry

Roxbury History Speaker Series: Independent Schools in 60s

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 does the independent school experience offer in light of today’s educational challenges.  Parents, teachers and students will share their experiences. Please rsvp click here.

Hosted by Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade Street) in partnership with the Roxbury Historical Society

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Time: 5pm (dinner)  7pm (program)

Location: Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade Street

Spirit and Action: A Three-Part Series on Structural Racism in Boston

The UU Urban Ministry invites you to join us the final thought-provoking discussion about Urban Renewal Then, Gentrification on low-income communities, featuring State Representative Byron Rushing.  This event is co-sponsored by the Roxbury Historical Society  Space is limited. To register, click here or call 617-318-6010 x 214. Childcare provided upon request.

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Time:  6pm (dinner) 6:30pm(program)

Location:  First Church, 10 Putnam Street


Roxbury History Speaker Series – Update

The Roxbury History Speaker Series is free and open to the public.
All are welcome 

Wednesday  October 21 – New Location
Through Snow, Strikes and Strain:
The Archaeology of Moving Boston
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, School Committee Room
2300 Washington St, Roxbury

Talk begins at 7PM.  

Bostonians have tackled problems with mass transportation for the past 200 years. Explore the challenges of Boston’s early mass transit systems through artifacts, maps, and photographs! The talk will highlight archaeological investigations at the Metropolitan Horse Railroad site in Roxbury Crossing.  See how horses pulled sleds and steam cars pushed plows during crippling winters, and teams of men pulled cars when horses could not! Come learn how our forefathers dealt with some of the same problems the MBTA deals with today, from crowding to crashes, and snow to strikes.

Presented by Miles Shugar, archaeologist and GIS Specialist at Mass Historical Commission

Tuesday  November 17
African Americans and the Military
Haley House Bakery Cafe
Talk at 7PM.  Come early for dinner and to guarantee seating

African Americans have participated in the military from the American Revolution to the present day, when the country they fought for denied them the most basic rights of citizens.

Moderated by Barry Gaither, Director of the Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists. Gaither will provide information on veterans with parks named for them in Roxbury-Carter Playground, Ramsey Park and Justice Gourdin Veterans Memorial Park. Dr. Chad Williams, author of Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era will offer an overview of the long history of blacks in the military, including anti war sentiment and pacifism.  Dr. Williams is Chair of the Dept of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandies University.

Panel members sharing their own experience will include The Honorable Charles Walker, whose father was a Tuskegee Airman.

Wednesday December 9
Stokely Carmichael – A Conversation
Haley House Bakery Cafe
Talk at 7PM,  Come early for dinner and to guarantee seating

Dr. Peniel Joseph, author of Stokely: A Life with Chuck Turner and Representative Byron Rushing, who both knew Stokely.  Turner worked with Stokely in 1968 while forming the Black United Front.  A lively conversation about Black Power, Stokely’s influence in Roxbury, and his legacy in light of today’s world and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Dr. Peniel Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democray.