Jamaica Plain
Historical Society

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About the Jamaica Plain Historical Society

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society was founded in 1987 to preserve and promote the rich history of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.  In 2017, we were voted 'Best Local Neighborhood Association/Group' by the readers of the Jamaica Plain Gazette.

From mid-May to the end of September we offer weekly historic walking tours of different areas of the neighborhood. The remainder of the year we sponsors monthly events, usually in the form of a book talk, lecture, or film-screening. All JPHS activities are free and open to the public, with the exception of our annual members' event.  (That event is a chance to celebrate the members of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society who make all our activities possible!) Our website provides a comprehensive source of information about Jamaica Plain history with over 300 articles and more than 1700 historic images.   We also have a collection of historic resources, maps and yearbooks from Jamaica Plain High School and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The JPHS is an all-volunteer organization, with no physical location or paid staff. We welcome contributions of photographs and historic essays about Jamaica Plain. Please contact us for more information using the button below.


JPHS Membership

Membership in the Jamaica Plain Historical Society starts 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.