Historic Walking Tours
Historic walking tours of seven Jamaica Plain neighborhoods begin on May 13 and are offered each Saturday through September 30. The tours run between 60 and 90 minutes and are free and open to the public. For more information, see the complete tour schedule.

1919 Boston Police Strike Project
The 1919 Boston Police Strike Project aims to document and preserve the stories of the more than 1,100 police officers who were involved in this highly influential labor strike which had lasting effects in the City of Boston and across the United States. The project is a collaboration between the Boston Police Department Archives, the University of Massachusetts Boston and volunteers drawn from local organizations, classrooms and the general public. If you would like to get involved in the 1919 Boston Police Strike Project, visit this page for more information.

Walking Tour of Southwest Corridor Park:
A Community’s Response to a Proposed Highway
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Meet your guide outside the Jackson Square T Stop, 240 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130. The Southwest Corridor Park was the result of a movement that defeated an eight lane highway running through Boston’s southwestern neighborhoods. Residents played an important role in stopping the planned I-95 and in the efforts to create a park out of the razed land. This walking tour will follow the path of the park and discuss the changes in landscape to that section of Jamaica Plain and the communities that forged those changes. We invite you to continue the conversation after the tour at Doyle’s Café, where light refreshments will be on offer (cash bar). Please note the tour starts at the Jackson Square T stop and ends near the Green St T stop. 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 twenty-one 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.