Tag Archives: Boston Public Library

Register for Tomorrow’s Workshop: Cambridge by Map

Date & Time:
March 4, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm
REGISTER HERE

Cambridge by Map
How old is the Cambridge Public Library? What was Cambridge like in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? How has the city changed, and how has it stayed the same? Join the Leventhal Map Center on a virtual walk through historic Cambridge.  Using Atlascope, a tool for exploring urban maps in metropolitan Boston, the Map Center’s Public Engagement & Interpretation Coordinator Rachel Mead will take us on a trip into Cambridge historical geography.  Learn  how the city has changed over time, and discover how to research the history of your own house and neighborhood.  This event will be broadcast online at the Leventhal Map Center’s YouTube Live and Facebook Live channels.

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Register for Cambridge by Map

Date & Time:
March 4, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm
REGISTER HERE

Cambridge by Map
How old is the Cambridge Public Library? What was Cambridge like in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? How has the city changed, and how has it stayed the same? Join the Leventhal Map Center on a virtual walk through historic Cambridge.  Using Atlascope, a tool for exploring urban maps in metropolitan Boston, the Map Center’s Public Engagement & Interpretation Coordinator Rachel Mead will take us on a trip into Cambridge historical geography.  Learn  how the city has changed over time, and discover how to research the history of your own house and neighborhood.  This event will be broadcast online at the Leventhal Map Center’s YouTube Live and Facebook Live channels.

Thank You Boston City Archives

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A team of city workers and archivists were working Tuesday morning to preserve paper memorials in Copley Plaza.  Courtesy of the Boston  Globe.

We’d like to thank the Boston City Archives for lending us memorabilia from the Marathon Memorial as part of the Cambridge Public Library’s commemoration of April 15th, 2013.

The Boston City Archives will also loan memorabilia to the Boston Public Library for their exhibition, “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,” which will be held at Copley Square, from April 7 thorough May 11.  The exhibition will include flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, hats, tokens of all shapes and sizes, and, most significantly, and running shoes with the goal of helping visitors make meaning from this tragedy while providing a quiet public space for reflection.

Watch the video below about the Boston City Archives’ efforts to collect and preserve the Marathon Memorial.

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The Digital Public Library of America Goes Live Today

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Photograph of a Painting of Washington Taking Command of the American Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts, from NARA:  http://research.archives.gov/description/532915.

Today, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched.  So what’s that mean? The DPLA is a project aimed at bringing about a large-scale public digital library, free to anyone with an internet access.  It aims to unify several digital collections like the Library of Congress, the Internet Archive, NARA, and academic institutions, and public libraries.

The Cambridge Public Library’s Archives and Special Collection’s materials will be added to the DPLA through its partnership with the Boston Public Library, Digital Commonwealth, and the Internet Archive.  Stay tuned for more.

In the meantime, check out these search results on Cambridge, Mass.

Free Screening of Abolitionists of America Tonight at the BPL

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Tonight, the Boston Public Library will host a screening of hour two of “The Abolitionists” from 7:00pm until 8:30pm. Special guests will include Executive Producer Sharon Grimberg, Director Rob Rapley, Historian Lois Brown, and Actor Richard Brooks. Please feel free to spread the word about this free event to your colleagues and to your user communities. More information and RSVP form are available at this URL: http://www.wgbh.org/support/events_abolitionists.cfm.

Free Workshop: Researching at the City of Boston Archives Tonight

Researching at the City of Boston Archives

Who: Marta Crilly, Assistant Archivist, City of Boston Archives
What: Learn about City Archives’ holdings and how best to use them to uncover family or local history
When:
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Boston Public Library,  Main Branch, Orientation Room
Cost: Free and open to the public.

Are you a genealogist or local history enthusiast? Learn what can be found at the Boston City Archives. Archives staff will discuss the City Archives’ holdings and address how best to use them to uncover family or local history. Marta Crilly holds an M.A. in History, an M.S. in Library Science and is an Assistant Archivist at the City of Boston Archives. Since its inception in 1988, Boston’s City Archives has served as the repository for all official records documenting both the history of Boston’s municipal government and the legal rights of its citizens. As the repository of one of the United States’ oldest and most historic cities, the City Archives is an invaluable resource for local, regional and national historical research.

Click here for more information.

Boston Charter Day This Weekend

In honor of the founding of the three oldest towns in Massachusetts – Boston, Dorchester, and Watertown, the Partnership of Historic Boston is celebrating with talks, tours, exhibitions all on the subject of 17th Century Architecture.  The programs look fantastic:

Thursday, September 15, Lecture
Built in the Massachusetts Bay Colony: 17th Century Architecture
Boston Public Library

Friday, September 16, Lecture
Discovery and New Challenges of Restoration
The Bostonian Society

Saturday, September 17, Tour
Tour two Historic New England Properties
The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury and the Rocky Hill Meeting House in Amesbury
(Reservations required; cost $65 per person]

Sunday, September 18, Church Service and Lecture
From Stone to Timber:  Meeting Houses in the New World
The First Church in Boston

Sunday, September 18, Walking Tour
Boston Founders Walking Tour
Tours start from the First Church in Boston

September 15 through October 9, Exhibition
Enduring Legacies of 17th Century Architecture in Massachusetts
Boston Public Library, Rare Book  Room

For more information, view the flyer or visit the Partnership of Historic Boston’s website.

Civil War Exhibit at the BPL

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Boston Public Library has curated a free exhibition, “Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War,” with artifacts, manuscripts, and maps, many of which are on display for the first time.

The exhibition will be on display until the end of the year when it will travel to New York.  For more information, read the Boston Globe review here.

Tip for Researchers: “A Pox on rebels in their Crymes”


Rare treasures from the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map Center, Boston Globe, 3 January 2011.

In today’s Boston Globe, there is a great article about the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map Center and its future plans to create a new exhibition space.  The Leventhal collection houses one of the country’s best cartographic resources, including 200,000 historic maps, 5,000 atlases, over 500 aerial view maps of New England, and rare treasures, such as a Revolutionary War powder horn inscribed with a map of the Boston area, the names of its owner, a British soldier, and the words, “A Pox on rebels in their Crymes.’’

The Leventhal Map Center has made available over 3,000 maps online and will continue to add more maps over the next two years, which is a great resource for researchers worldwide.

Read the Boston Globe article here:  http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2011/01/03/bpl_charts_modern_course_for_its_maps/?page=1.

Browse the online Leventhal map collection here:  http://maps.bpl.org/.