Tuesday, August 7th
Dining Out in Boston, A Culinary History

Speaker: James O'Connell, Author

OVER THE YEARS, Boston has been one of America's leading laboratories of urban culture, including restaurants, and Boston history provides valuable insights into American food ways. James C. O'Connell will discuss culinary trends in Boston restaurants during the 19th century. He will present a rich and hitherto unexplored side to the city's past: a city that was a pioneer in elaborate hotel dining, oyster houses, French cuisine, ice cream parlors, and much more.

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Tuesday, August 14th
Molasses: From the Slave Trade to the Great Flood

Speaker: Anthony M. Sammarco, Author and Historian

MOLASSES IS DESCRIBED as a sweet, syrupy byproduct made during the extraction of sugars from sugarcane. Molasses has a rich history in the Caribbean where sugarcane is cultivated, and was a popular sweetener throughout the United States in the early 20th century. Massachusetts has an integral connection as it was part of the Triangle Trade, the 18th century world economy. Rum from New England was traded in Africa for slaves, which were brought to the West Indies and the Caribbean where they cultivated sugar cane. The sugar cane was later refined into molasses, which was shipped to New England and often use in the distillation of rum.

In his lecture on "Molasses," Anthony Sammarco traces it from the 18th century through the tee-totalism and abolitionist causes of the 19th century to the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, which became an integral part of the North End of Boston's history.

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Tuesday, August 21st
Lost Breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain

Speaker: Michael Reiskind, Historian, Jamaica Plain Historical Society

IN 1900, BOSTON HAD the most breweries per person of any city in the country. the overwhelming majority of them were in the Stony Brook area of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. During the heyday of Boston breweries, this area was the center of the industry, with at least twenty-four breweries along the banks of the Stony Brook. Learn about the history of brewing in Boston and the Irish and German immigrants who established the breweries in our city. This illustrated lecture concentrates on the beer factories in the Stony Brook area dn the history of the adjoining neighborhoods as they developed from the 1840s to the present.

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The Harrison Gray Otis House, Headquarters of Historic New England, Inc., 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA.
Tel. (617) 227-3956 www.historicnewengland.org

DIRECTIONS: Take the MBTA Blue Line train to Bowdoin station and walk west on Cambridge Street. The Harrison Gray Otis House is on the right. Kindly enter through the side gate. Parking is available in Center Plaza Garage, off Cambridge Street.

Admission: Advance Tickets recommended. Please call (617) 994-5920 or buy online (see below). Victorian Society members MUST CALL to receive discount. $12.00 Members of Historic New England and the VSA/NE; $17.00 Nonmembers. Call to register: (617) 994-5920

For further information, contact Ed Gordon at (617) 872-9001 or at edwardwgordon@aol.com.

Tuesday Evenings, August 7th, 14th, and 21st, 2018 


5:30 PM Courtyard Receptions
6:00 PM Talks

At the Harrison Gray Otis House, Historic New England, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston.


















































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