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JPTC Fundraiser with Curt DiCamillo: January 28!

JPTC Fundraiser with special guest Curt DiCamillo “The King, the Duke and the Rothschilds: Edwardian Country Houses in the Era of Downton Abbey” January 28, 2014, 7 pm – 9 pm

Reception to follow lecture.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 28 for a delightful talk by Curt DiCamillo. Mr. DiCamillo’s lecture, “The King, the Duke and the Rothschilds: Edwardian Country Houses in the Era of Downton Abbey” will examine some of the greatest country houses of England that peaked during the Edwardian era. Named after King Edward VII, who reigned at the turn of the 20th century, the Edwardian era was the swan song of a centuries-old way of life. From Highclere Castle (famous as the setting for Downton Abbey) to Blenheim Palace, the magnificent home of Consuelo Vanderbilt and the Duke of Marlborough, to the glorious Rothschild houses, there has never been anything quite like the splendor of the grand Edwardian country houses.

As attendees of last year’s “Highclere Castle: The Real Downton Abbey” talk will attest, Mr. DiCamillo’s lectures are not only fascinating, but are delivered in an entertaining and charmingly irreverent style.

Join us and help the JPTC with preservation of the Loring-Greenough House by purchasing tickets, $25/person, here:

About Curt DiCamillo For the past 12 years, distinguished architectural historian Curt DiCamillo has written and lectured in the U.S. and abroad. Currently Mr. DiCamillo leads popular tours, The Best of Britain and Europe with Curt DiCamillo. More information is available at his award-winning database, This database also attempts to document every British and Irish country house ever built. Previously DiCamillo served as Executive Director of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA. He also worked for 13 years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. *Downton Abbey and Downton are registered trademarks of Carnival Film & Television Ltd.

2013 JPTC Annual Appeal: Please consider a donation


2013 Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club Annual Appeal

One day back in late August, I was walking out of the hardware store on Centre Street. I made a left and continued down the sidewalk. Just past the Galway House I caught up with a small family—a dad with two kids on scooters, aged about four and six.

The dad asked, “Where should we go?” and the older child replied, with gusto, “The Loring-Greenough House!” Wow. I was floored.

It was Thursday. That meant food trucks, bands, farmer’s market bounty, and blankets covering the lawn. For kids, it meant running around with their friends. For adults, it meant spending time with neighbors and appreciating all that is Boston in the summer. For everyone, it meant community.

For those of us on the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club board, it also meant incredible success. Together with an incredible team of volunteers, we work year-round to preserve this place. We also develop programs and events to open up our spaces to foster community engagement for you, our neighbor.

I hope you will support our work yet again with a gift in any amount to our Annual Appeal. Thanks to your generous support we are on a roll. Concerts, plays, art exhibitions, Tuesday Night Club, open houses, reenactments…I could go on.

But I don’t have to. You know how important this organization is to the health and vitality of your community.

We need your help to keep the House in excellent condition and allow us to stage another full calendar of year-long events for JP residents of all ages. Thank you for supporting the work we do. We couldn’t do it without you.

With best wishes,

Marieke Van Damme, President

Elizabeth Wylie, Vice President

Interested in leaving a legacy? One of the most valuable ways you can help the JP Tuesday Club is by remembering us in your will. For more information, please contact Marieke at 617-524-3158.

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Annual Meeting of the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club (Tuesday, May 15)

You are invited to the Annual Meeting of the Membership Tuesday evening May 15th at 7:00 pm.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this important meeting where the Slate of Officers and Directors, as recommended by the Nominations Committee, will be presented for election. Our accomplishments over the past year will be reported upon, and we will present a look ahead to the coming year. In addition, the 2012 Strategic Plan will be discussed and copies will be distributed. The dedicated efforts of extraordinary volunteers will be honored — and there will be a delicious wine and dessert reception following!

(Please note that only Members current in their dues can vote at the Annual Meeting.)

Join us! Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club Annual Meeting, June 7, 7pm

You are invited to a Special Meeting of the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club Membership on Tuesday evening June 7th, 2011, at 7:00 pm.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us to conduct the business of the annual Membership meeting. There will be two votes, one for the slate of the Board of Directors as recommended by the Nominating Committee, and one for bylaw updates to reflect our strategic plan and our current operations. Our work over the past year will be reported and we will present a look at the coming year.

This is your opportunity to participate in shaping the strategic direction of the Club as we strive to create a sustainable organization for the long-term preservation of the Loring Greenough House. Only Members have a vote.

Please join or renew your membership today and plan to attend the June 7th meeting.

Become a member (or submit a donation to the organization) via our membership page!

Tuesday Night Club – Chris Child: “Who Lived in Your JP House?” April 5, 7pm

Many homes in Jamaica Plain date back to the turn of the century, and various newer techniques exist to help one figure out who lived there over the years. Land records and a few databases can help give you the names and other interesting pieces of information, and histories and older genealogies can help show who farmed the land we now live in for even the last four hundred years.

Originally from Putnam, Connecticut, Chris Child has worked for various departments at NEHGS since 1997 and became a full-time employee in July 2003. He has been a member of NEHGS since the age of eleven. Chrisgraduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in history from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey in 2003. He belongs to the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta. He has written several articles in New England Ancestors and the Register. Chris and his wife have lived in JP since 2008.