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Proposal for Molasses Flood Memorial, 100 Years Later

At the time of its 100 year anniversary, a proposal has emerged to create a memorial to commemorate the 1919 Great Molasses Flood in Boston’s North End. Leland Mercer Alexander, a recent graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology, presented his concept to the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) at their January 2019 meeting. Read More…

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The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 Centennial Anniversary

Tuesday, January 15, will mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston’s historic North End. There will be a remembrance ceremony on Tuesday, at 10:30 am at the Langone Park site on Commercial Street. The City’s Archaeologist Joseph Bagley, has arranged to have a ground-penetrating radar survey conducted at the Read More…

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Weekend Brief: Molasses Flood Feature, Dinner at Grandma’s, Friday Films, NEMPAC Concert

Things to know for Friday Today is Friday, January 11 and in just a few short days it will be the 100 year anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood. Tune in to NorthEndWaterfront.com for highlights commemorating the 100th anniversary on January 15th. In the meantime, read this feature at the Boston Globe. Here’s what else you need to know Read More…

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Historic Neighborhood Photo: Engine 31 Firehouse

This week’s photo is of the Engine 31 firehouse along Commercial Street, just following 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster, when a holding tank burst and sent gallons of sticky liquid flooding the streets. The scene shown in this photo is significant because the Engine 31 firehouse was the site of one the major rescues during the disaster. Read More…

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Monday’s Brief: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Boston’s Best New Restaurants

Today, We Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.! Martin Luther King, Jr. was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of MLK Jr. on April 4, 1968. Read more. 10:00AM MLK Jr. Day – Free Read More…

New Research Says Great Molasses Flood in North End Made More Deadly by Cold Weather

A new research study on the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston’s North End says that January’s cold weather made the molasses extra deadly. The cooling effect increased the thickness of the sweet syrup, making it incredibly hard to escape. A huge wave of the syrupy brown liquid moved down Commercial Street at a speed of Read More…

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Molasses Flood Story Discussed at Residents Meeting

January 2016 Video: NEWRA President Ford Cavallari talks about the molasses still packed into the MBTA electrical conduits under the streets in Boston’s North End. January 15th is the anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood in Boston’s North End. The United States Industrial Alcohol Company constructed a faulty 50 foot high steel tank in 1918 on Read More…

Remembering The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

  Latest news: A new study in the Civil and Structural Engineer Magazine (September 2014) by Ronald Mayville has provided more details on specifically the molasses tank failed. Notably, the walls were at least 50 percent too thin and lacked reinforcements at certain areas of stress. Read more in the January 14th Boston Globe article. Video: The Read More…