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Sacco & Vanzetti and African Meeting House on Fall Program List for Historical Society

The North End Historical Society has announced two Fall programs described below.


The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti: Justice on Trial

October 4 (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m.

Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge Street, West End, Boston

Join us for a lecture presented by Barbara Berenson, senior attorney with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Berenson will outline the famous case, provide a context within the history of Italian immigration, and review the significance of the case and its impact on the twentieth century.

This program presented in partnership with Historic New England and is FREE to Historic New England and North End Historical Society members ($5 for nonmembers).

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5920 and/or Purchase tickets now online.

Barbara Berenson works on a variety of legal and policy issues for the Justices and, additionally, leads many of the court’s civic education efforts. She created the court’s exhibits Sacco & Vanzetti: Justice on Trial and John Adams: Architect of American Government.

A lifelong student of history, she is the author of Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism and an editor of Skirting the Barriers: The Unfinished History of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts (forthcoming 2012). She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.


A North End Legacy:
The African Meeting House in Boston

November 3 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m.

Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill (Old West End), Boston

Join us for a one hour visit to America’s first public school for African-American children and America’s oldest black church building. North Enders of African descent helped establish the black settlement in the West End, beginning before the Revolution. Join history teacher and popular National Park Ranger Dana Smith for a brief video in the school and then a tour of the newly restored African Meeting House.

Registration details coming soon! This program presented in partnership with the Boston African American National Historic Site.

Dana Smith has been teaching history at St. John’s Prep in Danvers for 28 years, and has been with the Boston African American National Historic Site since 2001. Originally from Los Angeles, Smith earned his master’s degree in teaching at Boston College (another institution with North End roots).


Also, if you haven’t seen the trailer or donated to our documentary on Italians in the North End, please take a moment now. Thank you!

One Reply to “Sacco & Vanzetti and African Meeting House on Fall Program List for Historical Society

  1. Just heard that The African Meeting House has its Black Boston Baseball Players Exhibit through early October. Any diehard baseball fans should walk up the hill and check it out. Did you know that Boston’s Hugh Jackman (1920’s-1940’s) was considered on a level with Satchell Paige. And he kept playing beyond his pro ball in Boston’s Park League- the oldest amateur league in the country.

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