Making history come alive! Do you like learning about and sharing stories of the past? If so, you’d love being a member of the Community Education Committee. This group promotes the history of Loring Greenough House and its residents, as well as the larger history of Jamaica Plain and beyond. Our passion is to make as much history as we can accessible to the public and engage audiences.The Community Education Committee works closely with other LGH groups, such as the Collections and Programs committees, to present events and other gatherings, exhibitions, discussions and blog posts that inform, enlighten and entertain by exploring the many facets of history. “Public history” is very much what the committee is all about: importing history from its traditional academic setting and making a place for it in everyday living; giving voice to untold stories and ensuring a space in which those stories can be remembered and recounted. Past events have included lectures by authors and other topic specialists, presentations of member research projects, film showings, historical reenactments and themed tours.
In January, we marked the 99th anniversary of the molasses flood tragedy by hosting a talk and book signing by historian Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. In February in recognition of Black History Month, we aired the six-hour TV miniseries The Book of Negroes over a two-day period, followed by a discussion session on each day.
The Community Education Committee meets once a month, on the third Sunday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Loring Greenough House. Our next gathering is planned for March 18. If you are interested in checking out the committee, send an email to Dorothy Clark, the committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Loring Greenough House would benefit immensely from your volunteer contribution to the community And you’d have a whole lot of fun planning with the committee!