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.

The Life and Legacy of Emily Greene Balch: January 8
Please join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Emily Greene Balch in Jamaica Plain. Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD will discuss the life and legacy of this prominent American economist, sociologist, internationalist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. The talk will detail how Emily Greene Balch’s strong family upbringing and the spirit of activism in Jamaica Plain spurred on her activities in poverty relief, child labor, immigration, settlement work, and her leadership in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. 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.