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April 2021

Author Q&A with Heather Clark

April 15 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is pleased to host Heather Clark who is the author of Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Path of Sylvia Plath. This acclaimed new biography of Sylvia Plath focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art. With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter…

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The Remarkable Photographs of Leon Abdalian

April 25 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to learn about the photographer Leon Hampartzoum Abdalian. Leon was born in 1884 in what was Cilician Armenia, then located in the Ottoman Empire (now modern Turkey). He migrated with his family to the United States in April of 1896 and they eventually settled in Jamaica Plain. It is believed that he was largely self-taught as a photographer. For most of the time he was photographing (1913 -1967) he also worked full-time as a…

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May 2021

Book Talk: Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them

May 25 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Just in time for Preservation Month, the Jamaica Plain Historical Society welcomes our City Archaeologist Joe Bagley who will talk about his new book Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them. Several of the 50 locations featured in the book are in Jamaica Plain. The fifty buildings featured in this book all pre-date 1800 and illustrate Boston’s early history. Beginning with a map of the buildings’ locations and an overview of the historic preservation movement in Boston, the book…

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