Roxbury History Series: The Dearborn School

Join us Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade St, Boston for The History of the Dearborn School, a slide show narrated by Barry Gaither, Director of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists.

Barry will also share the story of Louis Mailou Jones, the most famous graduate of the school. Jones was an internationally known artist, a member of the Harlem Renaissance and a personal friend of Barry.

The Dearborn Middle School, built in 1913 has been home to four historic schools: The High School of Practical Arts, the first public vocational school built for girls; Girl’s High, Roxbury High, a peaceful school during the Boston desegregation order; and the Dearborn Middle School.

The school is slated to be razed for the construction of a new STEM school (grades 6-12) on the same site. Neighborhood residents have joined together to oppose the demolition and are asking for the school to be built on a different site in Roxbury.

We welcome everyone to join us for the slide show, short film and talk, and for open discussion after the presentation. The program is free – come early for dinner and get a good seat!

Co-sponsored by the Roxbury Historical Society, Haley House Bakery Café, and the Roxbury PATH Forward Neighborhood Association.

Walking Tour of Roxbury’s Historic Buildings

warrenhouseJoin the the Roxbury Historical Society, Roxbury Path Forward Neighborhood Association and the Mount Pleasant Avenue Neighborhood Association on Saturday, October 25 for a free Architectural and Historical Walking Tour of the Moreland Street and Mount Pleasant Avenue Historic Districts.

The 90 minute tour will start at 2PM at the Warren House, 130 Warren Street in Roxbury.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, the Moreland Street Historic District is significant for its distinguished architecture representing a range of the styles and residential building types prevailing in the Boston area from 1840 to the 1920s, for the evolution of its urban/suburban plan, as an important example of Boston’s “streetcar suburb” development, and for its associations with the lives of persons of national and local importance, particularly General Joseph Warren and members of his family.*

In addition to showcasing examples of the district’s fine architecture, the tour will visit sites associated with Admiral John A. Winslow, a Civil War hero, authors Hamlin Garland and Epes Sargent and, reflecting important demographic shifts that began in the late 1800s, the politically influential Curleys and O’Neils.

The tour will also highlight educational, charitable and religious sites, including the former site of Roxbury Latin School, Roxbury’s oldest public school building (now a church), the Lutheran Church built in 1923, the Carmelite Monastery in the Mt. Pleasant Avenue Historic District and the Dearborn School.

Widespread community opposition to the proposed demolition of the Dearborn building, built in 1911-12 as the High School of Practical Arts, has inspired this tour.

Architectural historian and preservationist Steve Jerome, tour leader, was first introduced to Roxbury’s historical resources as a School Programs Aide at the Historic Neighborhoods Foundation. On the tour he will share some of his recent research findings on Roxbury architecture including new findings about the High School of Practical Arts and its neighboring structures.

Meeting place and time:
Saturday, October 25, 2:00 PM,
Warren Homestead, 130 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA

A reception will follow the ninety-minute walk.

Roxbury’s Southwest Corridor

corridordigBefore the new Orange Line was constructed, Archaeologists dug the site.

What did they find?

Come find out on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 PM at Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade Street in Roxbury.

Join us to learn about the archaeology of Roxbury’s Southwest Corridor! Archaeologists Beth Bower and Miles Shugar will present their work on these fascinating archaeological sites that were excavated in the 1970s before the construction of the Orange Line subway.

Beth’s work uncovered a variety of interesting sites, including breweries, factories, foundries, and housing from the 18th-19th centuries. Miles will then discuss one of these sites, the Metropolitan Railroad Company Site, in more detail. Horse-cars and an electric street railway hub operated from 1850 to 1920 at the present-day Roxbury Crossing MBTA station.

The archaeology of horse-car street railways and technological change will be illustrated through artifacts, documents, and photographs of Boston’s early mass transit systems.

Haley House Bakery Cafe opens at 5 PM for dinner. This free event is sponsored by the Roxbury Historical Society and Haley House Bakery Cafe begins at 7 PM.

Massachusetts Archaeology Month Program