Hook & Hastings Organ Crawl: Monday, October 10
Join the American Guild of Organists (Boston Chapter) and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society as we visit two fantastic organs in Jamaica Plain for concerts featuring each instrument. After the concerts, we will have a speaker who will explain the significance of Hook & Hastings in the history of American organs.
11:00 a.m. meet at First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain - Robert Barney playing
Break for lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas, 97 South St., Jamaica Plain - Rosalind Mohnsen playing
2:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain -  Barbara Owen, historian of the American organ speaks with reception to follow at about 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Annual Meeting of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and Members’ Social Event: November 13
Please join us for an afternoon of socializing, food, and fun. Sunday, November 13, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at the Taylor House Bed & Breakfast, 50 Burroughs St., Jamaica Plain. Open only to JPHS members, although non-members may join at the door.

History of the Moxie Soft Drink: December 11
Between 1928 and 1953 Moxie was bottled at 74 Heath St. in Jamaica Plain. Augustin Thompson created Moxie in Lowell in 1876. At the peak of Moxie’s popularity, it even outsold Coke. It was marketed as a medicine that can “recover brain and nervous exhaustion; loss of manhood, imbecility, and helplessness.” Hear Merrill Lewis, President of the New England Moxie Congress, speak about the history of Moxie on Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at Jamaica Plain Co-Housing, 65 Cornwall St., Jamaica Plain. Free and open to the public.

James Michael Curley Photography Collection
Last year, the Jamaica Plain Historical Society purchased a collection of 956 film negatives that document James Michael Curley during the years 1934-1958. In that time, Curley served as Mayor of Boston, Governor of Massachusetts, and a U.S. Congressman. These images depict Curley on the campaign trail, performing various duties in office, and with important personalities. Also included in this collection are images of Curley’s family and of his wake and funeral. We are grateful to Shanna Strunk, Rob Cox and the interns at UMASS Amherst Libraries, Danielle Pucci, Tom Blake, Jake Sadow, and the staff at the Boston Public Library, and countless others who helped make this collection available to the public and preserve it for prosperity. View the Photographs

Become a Member!
Become a member of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society for as little as $15 per year. With your membership, you will receive an invitation to our annual members only social event and you will become part of a group that cherishes Jamaica Plain’s rich history and works to keep it alive. We appreciate your support!

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society sponsors occasional lectures and a regular sixteen week series of walking tours during the summer. We welcome contributions of photographs and historic essays about Jamaica Plain for use in our newsletter and on this web site. Contact us for more information.

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society archives are held at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Learn more about accessing the archives.