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February 2021

The Remarkable Photographs of Leon Abdalian

February 7 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

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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March 2021

The China Trade

March 21 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

At a moment when our country has been facing great divisions, Prof. Dane Morrison of Salem State University will discuss how Americans forged a national identity after the War of Independence. After breaking free from British rule, American identity had more to do with sailing to the East than trekking into the West. Private journals, letters, ships’ logs, memoirs, and newspaper accounts help trace America’s earliest encounters on a global stage. This talk will particularly focus on the travels of…

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Author Q&A with Heather Clark

March 25 @ 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 With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter…

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April 2021

Book Talk: Jamaica Plain Through Time

April 7 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society presents Boston historian Anthony M. Sammarco who will speak about his new photographic history of Jamaica Plain: Jamaica Plain Through Time. This fascinating book chronicles the neighborhood from the late nineteenth century through to the twenty-first century using contemporary photographs by Peter B. Kingman. Known in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as the Jamaica End of Roxbury, the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, evolved from agrarian farmland into one of the more dynamic and inclusive…

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