Wellesley Historical Society

2017-2018 Lecture Series

All events are co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library

Sunday
October 29, 2017 
2:00 p.m. 
Wakelin Room
Wellesley Main Library

Steam Titans
William Fowler, professor of history at Northeastern University, will discuss his latest book on the battle between the United States and Great Britain to dominate commerce in the North Atlantic. The two nations and their leading shipping companies competed vigorously to see who would be bigger, better, and faster from the early days of steam right up until the American Civil War.

 

Sunday
November 19, 2017 
2:00 p.m.
Wakelin Room
Wellesley Main Library

 

Wellesley and Mount Auburn Cemetery
Kathleen Fahey, Curator of the Wellesley Historical Society, will discuss the history of Mount Auburn Cemetery and the lives of some well-known Wellesley residents who are buried there. She will include H.H. Hunnewell, Henry Fowle Durant, Gamaliel Bradford, Alice Cheney Baltzell, and more.

 

 

Thursday
March 8, 2018 
7:00 p.m.
Wakelin Room
Wellesley Main Library

 

The History of the Back Bay
Well-known local author and historian, Anthony Sammarco, will discuss the history of Boston’s Back Bay from its origins as tidal wetland through its transformation into the most elegant and desirable neighborhood in Boston in the late 19th century.

 

Thursday
April 5, 2018 
7:00 p.m.
Wakelin Room
Wellesley Main Library

 

The History of the U.S.S Constitution
Robert Allison, professor of history at Suffolk University, will discuss the history of the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest warship in the world that is still in commission. He will focus on Old Ironsides’ early days fighting the Barbary Pirates and then the British in the War of 1812. Allison will also discuss the ship’s trip around the world in the 1840s.

 

 

Thursday
May 17, 2018 
7:00 p.m.
Wakelin Room
Wellesley Main Library

 

The History of Fenway Park
Richard Johnson, Curator of the Boston Sports Museum and author of several books on local teams, will discuss the history of the oldest (and best-loved) ballpark in the major league. He will discuss Fenway Park’s role over the years as a multi-sport venue and its lesser-known history as the host of political rallies and other important events.

 

The lecture series has been generously underwritten by:


Chris Mayer, Coldwell Banker

(617) 429-2103 
www.NewEnglandMoves.com



For more information about our programs, please call the Society at (781) 235-6690 or email info@wellesleyhistoricalsociety.org.

 

The Wellesley Free Library

Many Programs are presented at the Wellesley Free Library at 530 Washington Street, Wellesley MA 02482. Their phone number is: (781) 235-1610.

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