2020 is here, and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society (JPHS) is excited for this year and the new decade to begin. Why not resolve to find out more about your neighborhood’s history this year? You can spend hours reading on our website about all the previous decades… and what else to do when you are snowed in anyway? We’ll have plenty of talks and tours you can attend too. The following are some of them.
Research Your House
One of the most frequent questions we get at the JP Historical Society is asking how to research the history of a house. We have this handy resource on our website with tons of tips: How to Find Out the History of Your House or Lot.
JP Oral Histories
The Boston City Archives recently posted some transcripts of oral histories they have which were done with Jamaica Plain residents in the mid-1970s. We’ve got a link to one with a long-term Haffenreffer Brewery employee off our website. The Archives has several others along with lots of interesting materials that are worth checking out.
Tastings & Tales
Join the storytellers of Boston By Foot at Sam Adams’ Barrel Room for a special tasting of 4 different selections of Sam Adams beer each paired with an interesting historical tale. Beer played a role in shaping Boston’s history to say nothing of Sam Adams himself. Come for a spirited discussion of beer making in colonial times, why beer has always been popular, how to get banned from a tavern and some debunking of popular myths. Monday, January 13th at 6:00 p.m. $20 general admission
Jewels of Scandal & Desire Shimmering, captivating, and corrupting. Great jewels have dazzled people for millennia, their beauty and value producing respect, deception, love, and betrayal. Curt Dicamillo will explore how the British ruling classes used jewelry to reinforce their positions in society and awe their peers. Following the talk, enjoy delicious desserts and wine in the elegant Dining Room of the Loring-Greenough House.Tuesday, February 4 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket price: $30Note: space is very limited.