BPL’s Jamaica Plain by Map event set for Jan. 14

Using Atlascope, the Leventhal Map & Education Center’s user-friendly portal for exploring urban atlases, users are able to see 200-year-old maps overlaid with modern ones in real time. Shown above, we can see that the modern day Arnold Arboretum used to be the President and Fellows of Harvard College. 

The Boston Public Library (BPL)’s Leventhal Map & Education Center is holding a free, virtual event where residents can learn about the history of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood via the BPL’s Atlasope program. Called Jamaica Plain by the Map, the event will provide a brief geographical history of the neighborhood from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and show how it has changed over the years, as well as highlight the Leventhal Map & Education Center’s Atlascope tool and how the public can use it.

New Rangers

Photo by Steve Kruszkowski
The Boston Park Rangers welcomed a new class of seasonal Rangers with a ceremony held at Franklin Park on May 15 within proper social distancing guidelines.   This year’s class includes Brighton residents Tyler Bowman, Alexander Hartgrove, and Michael Materia, Dorchester residents MIchael McRae and Randall Pinkham, Jamaica Plain residents Eli King and Emily Wright, and Connor Decarlo of South Boston. The new seasonal Boston Park Rangers receive their certificates presented by Boston Parks Commissioner Ryan Woods and Chief Boston Park Ranger Gene Survillo in a properly socially-distanced ceremony in Franklin Park on May 15.