Charlestown Historical Society

Charlestown Historical Society The object of the organization is the gathering and recording of the history of Charlestown and of individuals and families associated with the town...

The Charlestown Historical Society is located at 43 Monument Sq in the top floor of the BunkerHill Museum. The society promotes the history of Charlestown with programs and exhibits. A variety of programs and projects are available for all ages.

05/01/2021
05/01/2021
04/30/2021
Watch us LIVE today to hear Hugh Coleman talk about living in the Bunker Hill Housing Development from 1993-2005. 4 pm t...
04/30/2021

Watch us LIVE today to hear Hugh Coleman talk about living in the Bunker Hill Housing Development from 1993-2005. 4 pm today!

Watch us LIVE today to hear Hugh Coleman talk about living in the Bunker Hill Housing Development from 1993-2005. 4 pm today!

Please read this snd consider sharing your home’s history next Saturday!⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️We are looking forward to May Day, and s...
04/26/2021
If this house could talk...

Please read this snd consider sharing your home’s history next Saturday!
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We are looking forward to May Day, and supporting our small businesses, makers and organizations in Charlestown on May 1st!

We can't wait to see your posters, and learn about your home.

We will be keeping a close eye on our email ([email protected]) this weekend in case you have any questions about the history of your house, or how to participate in our "If this house could talk..." walking tour.

The idea is simple, residents create a poster with historical information about their home. It could contain interesting tidbits related to the building’s history, a person who lived there, an event that took place, its garden or architecture. All placed on a poster for neighbors to walk by and enjoy.

CPS is sponsoring an additional twenty posters around town, and will provide maps to each poster, and an architectural scavenger hunt (with prizes) so the kids can join in the fun too!

Visit our website for more information: https://cps-ris.org/celebrate-may-day-with-cps/

And register your participation here so we can include your house and poster on our map: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSej-rGxR2Gqk2-IDAK-L8w_JVaLy6PGdjRj3rTfU9WOKbBuqA/viewform

You do not need to be home on Saturday to participate, simply create your poster and attach it to your house between the hours of 11AM-3PM.

Reach out with any questions!

Sign up here to be included on a neighborhood walking tour of Charlestown on Saturday, May 1st 2021 as part of the town's May Day celebrations. Create and post a sign on your house or business that tells an interesting tidbit of information relating to the buildings' history - whether it is somethin...

04/23/2021
04/23/2021
04/23/2021
From one our our members collection a certificate given out to the early contributors of the monument , ribbons from the...
04/23/2021

From one our our members collection a certificate given out to the early contributors of the monument , ribbons from the dedication and the original owner Mrs. Silence B. Peabody

The USS Constitution Museum is nominated for a USA Today 10 Best Award in the "Best History Museum" category.  They have...
04/22/2021
Boston Family Favorites Ballot | Boston Parents Paper

The USS Constitution Museum is nominated for a USA Today 10 Best Award in the "Best History Museum" category. They have selected 20 museums nationwide, and we're the only museum in Massachusetts with this distinction! We need your help – the selection is by popular vote.

People can vote daily now through May 10.

Please click this link to vote for the Museum:
https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-history-museum-2021/uss-constitution-museum-boston/

We are promoting this honor on our website, via email, social media channels, and professional networks. We need your participation as well, so please share with your family and friends! Vote early and often! This recognition would elevate the Museum's national profile and have beneficial ripple effects on fundraising and visitation, in addition to public relations and marketing.

They are also a contender for a Boston Parents Paper Family Favorite Site award. Voting is open through May 17; please click here to vote for the Museum:
https://bostonparentspaper.com/boston-family-favorites-ballot.html#/gallery/278198698/

Boston Parents' Family Favorites was born with the idea to give readers in Greater Boston and throughout the Northeast a chance to voice their opinions on their personal "Family Favorite" choices for everything kids and family. The program has evolved over the years, and hopefully, with a lot of in....

Our friend Joe Bagley, the City of Boston’s Archeologist, has a new book out and it features several of Charlestown’s mo...
04/21/2021

Our friend Joe Bagley, the City of Boston’s Archeologist, has a new book out and it features several of Charlestown’s most famous old buildings. Check it out....
Here’s the John Hurd House.
Guess how many other Charlestown houses are featured? And what do you think they are?
There’s a prize for the winner!

From Charlestown historian Don Haska:PATRIOT’S DAY, OPEN LETTER, ---- The “First fire” of Patriot’s Day, April 19th is k...
04/20/2021

From Charlestown historian Don Haska:
PATRIOT’S DAY, OPEN LETTER, ---- The “First fire” of Patriot’s Day, April 19th is known to be at Lexington Green. “Last Fire” of the evening of April 19th, 1775, was at the Top of “Charlestown Height’s”, Bunker Hill, a “First Army” Veteran Battlefield—now forgotten.
It is the report of Provincial President Joseph Warren, in May 1775, of the events of April 19th That is significant.

April 19th was a Day that would be Forgotten, in History, unless a Continental Army would be formed to protect residents, otherwise British Parliament would be our Government today. That report was the successful effort to establish the “Continental Army”, voted June 14th, 1775.
The Continental Congress was informed, that the British retreated to Bunker Hill, April 19th and built a fortification on that site, that evening.

Today, Lexington and Concord tout their History, But NOT Boston Battlefield. April 19th, on the Closing of the Day, is forgotten by the City of Boston. After all, it is Charlestown, NOT Boston.
The burial Marker from that day, was once in Charlestown now Somerville. (See below)
Any History of the ending of the retreat of the British Regulars, April 19th to seek the refuge of “Charlestown Heights” is missing from the “Patriot’s Day “record, including Boston landmarks and Mass Historical Commissions Study or Reports.
June 16-17, 1775 was the TRUE opening Battle of the American Revolution, “FIRST” BATTLEFIELD OF THE “FIRST” Official “US ARMY”. No Study, No History, No Reports, No Landmarks Studies or Proposals, is recorded by Mass Historical or Boston landmarks Commissions, since 1975 formation of Historical Protection for Veterans Battlefield Laws, or 1996 ABPP, for Boston. A Veteran’s Battlefield, where hundreds, both American and British, were buried, NOW forgotten.
Charlestown—NOT Lexington OR Concord-- has the First Major Veteran’s Battlefield Monument, 1794 and second BH Monument 1825-1843. They were created by Massachusetts Law in 1794 and 1824—as the Historical Military record established since 1794. This Preservation history, and the FIRST formation of the “US Army”, NOT Lexington or Concord is the REAL Veteran History, Key to the future of our Veteran’s Memorials. The History of the Opening days of the American Revolution are more than First or Last Fire of April 19th 1775. It is the History of Law and the Beginning of the “US ARMY”, June 14th-June 17th, 1775. Boston and Charlestown residents have failed our “VETERAN HISTORY” on the Battlefield, “LEST WE FORGET” Questions have been raised that Charlestown residents “Don’t Care” about this “First Army” Battlefield. I disagree.
Key Question is, Do our Political Leaders and Historians care for this FIRST ARMY Battlefield? Both Massachusetts Historical Commission and Boston landmarks –Both NEITHER recognize the Original Battlefield of “Charlestown Heights” 1775 after numerous requests. Both Neither have completed their legal or Historic obligations with proper studies, Historical Land reports or Archaeological Study, of a Major Battlefield slated for massive redevelopment and the upcoming 2025 Memorials of the Battlefield.
As we approach the 2025 Anniversary of the BH Monument and “Charlestown Heights” Battlefield, we should take pause, Pray and “LEST WE FORGET” the sacrifices of April 19 or June 17th, we condemn ourselves to the ignorance of Future Generations, when we have such a wealth of State resources to properly recall the look and Memory of this WHOLE Historic National Battlefield—NOW FORGOTTEN. BHA has approval of the Housing Redevelopment without proper Historic Preservation Study Laws being Followed.
It is clear that some Boston housing residents seek Housing and others seek Battlefield History, but the original work, in 1840’s was a compromise to have both Housing and Proper Memorials. We can do it today. BHMA proved Commonwealth residents can have both—Housing and Battlefield Memorials, since BHMA formation in 1825. We need a National Group to promote our effort.
Bunker Hill Development and Columbia Point Development are both BHA Housing, with a different Histories. Columbia Point, originally a Sheep Pasture has gotten the lion’s share of BHA Funding and interest. Bunker Hill Housing residents must pay the Bill. Columbia Point has Swimming Pools and Open Fields, 2 Family Row Housing. Why not Charlestown? Columbia Point redevelopment did not include Market based rental, in their redevelopment, why should “Bunker Hill Development? Where are the swimming pools for Charlestown Housing Residents? Where are the Battlefield Studies and Archaeology reports by BHA and BRA?
Better than Swimming Pools, we should have Major National Battlefield Memorial Parks for Veterans of June 17th, Both British and American Veteran stories of the Battle of June 17th, to tell the true story of Valor and Heroism, the desire of Self Government and History of the Veterans of the US Army-- Today—Here At “Charlestown Heights” Battlefield, where the US Army was born of Fire and Flash, Fright and Fear, in the FIRST TRUE Battlefield for Freedom and Liberty, a WHOLE Battlefield of Veteran History, Forgotten.

From Charlestown historian Don Haska:
PATRIOT’S DAY, OPEN LETTER, ---- The “First fire” of Patriot’s Day, April 19th is known to be at Lexington Green. “Last Fire” of the evening of April 19th, 1775, was at the Top of “Charlestown Height’s”, Bunker Hill, a “First Army” Veteran Battlefield—now forgotten.
It is the report of Provincial President Joseph Warren, in May 1775, of the events of April 19th That is significant.

April 19th was a Day that would be Forgotten, in History, unless a Continental Army would be formed to protect residents, otherwise British Parliament would be our Government today. That report was the successful effort to establish the “Continental Army”, voted June 14th, 1775.
The Continental Congress was informed, that the British retreated to Bunker Hill, April 19th and built a fortification on that site, that evening.

Today, Lexington and Concord tout their History, But NOT Boston Battlefield. April 19th, on the Closing of the Day, is forgotten by the City of Boston. After all, it is Charlestown, NOT Boston.
The burial Marker from that day, was once in Charlestown now Somerville. (See below)
Any History of the ending of the retreat of the British Regulars, April 19th to seek the refuge of “Charlestown Heights” is missing from the “Patriot’s Day “record, including Boston landmarks and Mass Historical Commissions Study or Reports.
June 16-17, 1775 was the TRUE opening Battle of the American Revolution, “FIRST” BATTLEFIELD OF THE “FIRST” Official “US ARMY”. No Study, No History, No Reports, No Landmarks Studies or Proposals, is recorded by Mass Historical or Boston landmarks Commissions, since 1975 formation of Historical Protection for Veterans Battlefield Laws, or 1996 ABPP, for Boston. A Veteran’s Battlefield, where hundreds, both American and British, were buried, NOW forgotten.
Charlestown—NOT Lexington OR Concord-- has the First Major Veteran’s Battlefield Monument, 1794 and second BH Monument 1825-1843. They were created by Massachusetts Law in 1794 and 1824—as the Historical Military record established since 1794. This Preservation history, and the FIRST formation of the “US Army”, NOT Lexington or Concord is the REAL Veteran History, Key to the future of our Veteran’s Memorials. The History of the Opening days of the American Revolution are more than First or Last Fire of April 19th 1775. It is the History of Law and the Beginning of the “US ARMY”, June 14th-June 17th, 1775. Boston and Charlestown residents have failed our “VETERAN HISTORY” on the Battlefield, “LEST WE FORGET” Questions have been raised that Charlestown residents “Don’t Care” about this “First Army” Battlefield. I disagree.
Key Question is, Do our Political Leaders and Historians care for this FIRST ARMY Battlefield? Both Massachusetts Historical Commission and Boston landmarks –Both NEITHER recognize the Original Battlefield of “Charlestown Heights” 1775 after numerous requests. Both Neither have completed their legal or Historic obligations with proper studies, Historical Land reports or Archaeological Study, of a Major Battlefield slated for massive redevelopment and the upcoming 2025 Memorials of the Battlefield.
As we approach the 2025 Anniversary of the BH Monument and “Charlestown Heights” Battlefield, we should take pause, Pray and “LEST WE FORGET” the sacrifices of April 19 or June 17th, we condemn ourselves to the ignorance of Future Generations, when we have such a wealth of State resources to properly recall the look and Memory of this WHOLE Historic National Battlefield—NOW FORGOTTEN. BHA has approval of the Housing Redevelopment without proper Historic Preservation Study Laws being Followed.
It is clear that some Boston housing residents seek Housing and others seek Battlefield History, but the original work, in 1840’s was a compromise to have both Housing and Proper Memorials. We can do it today. BHMA proved Commonwealth residents can have both—Housing and Battlefield Memorials, since BHMA formation in 1825. We need a National Group to promote our effort.
Bunker Hill Development and Columbia Point Development are both BHA Housing, with a different Histories. Columbia Point, originally a Sheep Pasture has gotten the lion’s share of BHA Funding and interest. Bunker Hill Housing residents must pay the Bill. Columbia Point has Swimming Pools and Open Fields, 2 Family Row Housing. Why not Charlestown? Columbia Point redevelopment did not include Market based rental, in their redevelopment, why should “Bunker Hill Development? Where are the swimming pools for Charlestown Housing Residents? Where are the Battlefield Studies and Archaeology reports by BHA and BRA?
Better than Swimming Pools, we should have Major National Battlefield Memorial Parks for Veterans of June 17th, Both British and American Veteran stories of the Battle of June 17th, to tell the true story of Valor and Heroism, the desire of Self Government and History of the Veterans of the US Army-- Today—Here At “Charlestown Heights” Battlefield, where the US Army was born of Fire and Flash, Fright and Fear, in the FIRST TRUE Battlefield for Freedom and Liberty, a WHOLE Battlefield of Veteran History, Forgotten.

We love it when you bring us “stuff” during office hours!Today was a real treasure. Even Arthur Hurley was excited about...
04/17/2021

We love it when you bring us “stuff” during office hours!
Today was a real treasure.
Even Arthur Hurley was excited about Judy McDonough’s treasure trove from her home on Mount Vernon Street from the Burke/Lee family who lived there before she bought it in 1974.
Thank you Judy!

Rescheduled!No Talking With Townies today due to SNOW!
04/16/2021

Rescheduled!
No Talking With Townies today due to SNOW!

Rescheduled!
No Talking With Townies today due to SNOW!

04/15/2021
Going live to talk about Charlestown in the Civil War in three minutes....
04/15/2021

Going live to talk about Charlestown in the Civil War in three minutes....

04/15/2021

TONIGHT
FacebookLive
6 pm

It is estimated that about 4,000 Townies served in the Civil War from Charlestown, representing 16 percent of the Town’s total population of about 25,000 at that time.

We know that 171 died in combat or of disease in places like Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Grant’s Campaign, and the Richmond campaign.

Join us on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6 pm to see the rescued Charlestown Civil War Veterans Frames. The three frames are in terrible disrepair and are falling apart.

CHS Board Members and Past Presidents Arthur Hurley Tom Coots and Charlestown Veterans Historian Bill Durrett will tell us about the brave men from Charlestown who fought in the Civil War. Join on Facebook Live

This handsome man is Lt. Col James O’Brien. More on him tonight.

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From today's Globe. A short memoir written by a man now 93 years old. "Charlestown, 1935: A cold-water flat, a 7-year-old boy, and a bully called ‘Shove’ - The Boston Globe"
This photo was posted to the Jamaica Plain Historical Society page, the architect lived in JP and his Great Great Granddaughter is wondering if anyone has any information about this house, thought to have been in Charlestown. Her message is below: does anyone recognize this house? The image was shared to the JP Historical Society by the great granddaughter of the builder John Kenneth Martin. He lived in Jamaica Plain from 1890s into 1930s. The caption mentions it being near the water (doubt it was the Pond) - maybe Southie or Charlestown? They are trying to track it down.
This is a story of slavery, vaccination and pottery. John and Grace (Hall) Parker operated a redware and stoneware pottery in Charlestown MA in the early 18th century. While their petition to Great and General Court of Massachusetts for stoneware production is infamous, there is another story to tell. During the global Smallpox epidemic of 1706, Cotton Mather was "gifted" the slave "Onesimus" by his congregation. Onesimus described to Mather about the practice in Africa to remove pus from an infected person and insert it into a cut, inoculating against smallpox. Newspapers (one being, Benjamin and James Franklin's Boston newspaper) and doctors rallied against the practice. The European trained Dr William Douglas went so far to say, "The slaves are trying to kill us with this whole situation, on God, Mather be cappin". The colonial trained, Dr Zabdiel Boylston determined to try this technique. Boylston's niece, Anne was married to Stephen Hall Grace's brother. Boylston began inoculations in 1721, recording inoculations for the family of Steven and Anne. Unfortunately Grace Hall, the mother of Stephen and Grace Parker, died that year of smallpox as did two of the children of John and Grace Parker who apparently rejected the treatment. Dr Boylston treated 242 people of which only 4 percent died compared to the 30 percent death rate in the population. Edward Jenner in 1796 is credited with discovering the smallpox vaccine. I will be describing the life of the son, John Parker, the potter in conjunction with Historic Beverly's virtual event, Massachusetts Redware Conference on April 8th and 9th. I explored Parker's 1742 Daybook in a article researched for the Early American Industries Association article published in The Chronicle, March 2017.
Good evening, I am from Montreal and currently working on a sports museum project. I acquired a large collection for the project and found these Charlestown Documents from different companies from the 1870's and up... Here's one I would like to share...
my father (Vincent McCarthy) 6th grade class. circa 1925. Does anyone know what school this is?
Where are you when Charleston needs you to help save our statues and history?
Hi, who is the chairman of the society please ?
Early post card of the Charlestown Bridge. Circa 1901
Easter 1946 from a Kodachrome Slide Taken at the top of Albion Pl.a dead-end St. It' s me, Jack King in the rear my Aunt Dorothy Rogers in the front left to right Marie Dowd Armory St. the rest Albion Pl. Ann Cahill, Ruthie King, Ruthie Hurley, and Shirley McManus.
I wonder if there are any photos of the interior of the Thompson Square Theatre, the "Hippy"? I have a couple of exterior photos, but nothing inside.
I am trying to find photographs of the long gone Boston and Maine Railroad Potato House that was located between Austin and Mason Streets. Myemail to [email protected] bounced. I have checked with the B&M Historical Society. It does not have any ground views. Thank you. Jack Dziadul, Sanford, NC