Exploring Boston Beyond the Red Brick Road

Exploring Boston Beyond the Red Brick Road

Noontime lecture series looks beyond Boston’s famed Freedom Trail to highlight its most diverse and fascinating neighborhoods.

Historic Boston Harbor Map Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Boston, MA – Dorothy may have followed a yellow brick road to the Emerald City, but tourists and locals in Boston have been seeing red-the red brick line that marks the Freedom Trail -for over 50 years. But there is so much more to Boston than what is confined along that brick path. Now, one of Boston’s most famous historic sites-Old South Meeting Housepresents a nine-part, noontime lecture series looking beyond the Freedom Trail to discover some of the diverse communities that make up the city of Boston.

On Thursdays in February and March, Old South Meeting House presents their Middays at theMeeting House lunchtime series “Building Beantown: Exploring the Neighborhoods that Make up the ‘Hub.’” The series is co-sponsored by Historic Boston Incorporated and Boston Landmarks Commission and will provide insight into eight of the city’s unique neighborhoods, examining how they developed and became distinct communities. Programs will explore Dorchester, Roslindale, the South End, South Boston, Jamaica Plain, Chinatown, Roxbury, and Charlestown. 

The audience is welcome to bring a brown bag lunch; admission to the programs is included with Museum admission and is free to Old South Meeting House museum members.

February 2, 12:15 PM: Sum of Its Parts: A Boston Neighborhood Overview with Emily Wolf,
Architectural Historian and Assistant Survey Director at Boston Landmarks Commission
Thursday, February 9, 12:15 PM: Boston Neighborhood: Dorchester with Earl Taylor, President
of the Dorchester Historical Society
Thursday, February 16, 12:15 PM: Boston Neighborhood: Roslindale with Cathy Slade,
President of the Roslindale Historical Society
Thursday, February 23, 12:15 PM: Boston Neighborhood: South End with Hope Shannon,
Director of the South End Historical Society
Thursday, March 1, 12:15 PM: Boston Neighborhood: South Boston with Robert Allison, Chair
of History at Suffolk University
Thursday, March 8, 12:15 PM: Boston Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain with Michael Reiskind of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and Mary Smoyer of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail
Thursday, March 15, 12:15 PM: Boston Neighborhood: Chinatown with Wing-Kai To, Vice
President of the Chinese Historical Society of New England
Thursday, March 22, 12:15 PM: Boston Neighborhood: Roxbury with Thomas Plant, President
of the Roxbury Highlands Historical Society
Thursday, March 29, 12:15 PM: Boston Neighborhood: Charlestown with Carl Zellner, Historian
of the Charlestown Historical Society
Famed as the place where the Boston Tea Party began, Old South Meeting House is a non- profit museum and National Historic Landmark, dedicated to continuing its proud tradition of
free speech and assembly. Through a full spectrum of thought-provoking programs for all ages, Old South Meeting House is a living symbol of our country’s quest for freedom and justice.
Old South Meeting House (OSMH) is open daily, from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. General admission is $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $1 for children (ages 6 – 18). Children under age 6 are free.
OSMH is wheelchair accessible and conveniently located to the State St. and Downtown
Crossing stops on the MBTA. For information, please call 617-482-6439 or visit www.osmh.org.
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