People Before Highways; A Panel Discussion
Jim Vrabel, author of the new book, A People’s History of the New Boston, will lead a panel discussion of the campaign that stopped construction of the proposed Southwest Expressway (I-95) through Jamacia Plain and other Boston neighborhoods in the 1970s. Current and former Jamaica Plain residents featured in the book’s “People Before Highways” chapter will discuss those tumultuous days and explain how residents mobilized to stop the highway construction and persuade the state and federal government to support construction of today’s Orange Line and Southwest Corridor Park instead. Sunday, September 28th at 2:00 p.m. at Doyle’s CafĂ©, 3483 Washington St, Jamaica Plain. Refreshments will be served. Cash Bar. Free and open to the public.

Historic Walking Tours
All tours are free to the public and are offered on dates shown. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed. Click here for the full tour schedule, maps, and more information.

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Become a member of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society for as little as $15 per year. With your membership, you will receive our quarterly newsletter and an invitation to our annual members only social event. We appreciate your support!

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society sponsors occasional lectures and a regular weekly 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.

We often get requests from the public to visit our offices. The Jamaica Plain Historical Society does not maintain an office. Our ranks are made up entirely of volunteers with no paid staff. We have digitalized our holdings and made them available here on this web site.