(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)
The Old South Meeting House has announced several series of upcoming events designed to help local residents learn about Boston’s history while also introducing them to the city’s young talents.
Through this winter and into early spring, the historic landmark and museum plans a series of talks on the history of the city’s neighborhoods, visits by local authors, and concerts by local musicians. The Old South Meeting House is located at the corner of Washington and Milk streets downtown, across from the former Border’s store.
The series “Building Beantown: Exploring the Neighborhoods that Make up the ‘Hub’” promises to go beyond the Freedom Trail and into the city’s diverse and complex neighborhoods, each with a distinct population and history.
This nine-part series will take place at 12:15 p.m. each Thursday in February and March, with a different speaker each week:
- Feb. 2: Sum of Its Parts: A Boston Neighborhood Overview, hosted by Emily Wolf, architectural historian and assistant survey director at the Boston Landmarks Commission;
- Feb. 9: Dorchester, hosted by Earl Taylor, president of the Dorchester Historical Society, and Bill Walczak, co-founder of Codman Square Health Center;
- Feb. 16: Roslindale, hosted by Cathy Slade, president of the Roslindale Historical Society;
- Feb. 23: the South End, hosted by Hope Shannon, director of the South End Historical Society;
- March 1: South Boston, hosted by Robert Allison, chair of history at Suffolk University;
- March 8: Jamaica Plain, hosted by Michael Reiskind of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and Mary Smoyer of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail;
- March 15: Chinatown, hosted by Wing-Kai To, vice president of the Chinese Historical Society of New England;
- March 22: Roxbury, hosted by Thomas Plant, president of the Roxbury Highlands Historical Society; and
- March 29: Charlestown, hosted by Carl Zellner, historian of the Charlestown Historical Society.
Brown-bag lunches are welcome at the talks, which are free with museum admission or to Old South Meeting House members. Admission to the museum is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $1 for children 6 – 18. Children under 6 are admitted for free.
During the same period, the meeting house will join with the Boston Preservation Alliance to host appearances by two authors who have written recent books about some of the area’s natural beauties.
- At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, Meg Muckenhoupt, author of “Boston’s Gardens and Green Spaces,” will speak on the role of public spaces through the city’s history and the growth of its public parks.
- At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, Christopher Klein, author of “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands,” will guide visitors to the meeting house on a virtual tour of the 34 islands that lie just beyond the city’s waterfront. His presentation will include stories of shipwrecks, Revolutionary War battles, prisoners of war, and ghosts that supposedly haunt these historic sites.
Sarah Kelly, executive director of the non-profit Boston Preservation Alliance, will introduce the authors and provide information on preservation efforts for the city’s history parks and the harbor islands.
Tickets for the author events are $10, or free for members of Boston Preservation Alliance or the Old South Meeting House. Visit http://www.bostonpreservation.org/programs/upcoming-events.html to register.
Through a partnership with the New England Conservatory, the meeting house will also host a concert series at 12:15 p.m. on the following Fridays in February and March:
- Feb. 17: artist diploma student Hae Ji Chang, soprano;
- Feb. 24: artist diploma student Lukas Vondracek, pianist;
- March 2: conservatory honors piano trio — violin, cello, and piano; and
- March 9: conservatory jazz trio — bass, piano, and another instrument to be determined.
The concerts are free with museum admission or membership.
The Old South Meeting House is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 617-482-6439 or visit http://www.osmh.org.