Stoughton Mass. Memories Road Show photographs and stories available

Trinity Rouse and Andre Rouse at the Stoughton Mass. Memories Road Show, May 5, 2013. 

The images and stories gathered at the Stoughton Mass. Memories Road Show on May 5, 2013 are now available online. The event was organized by the Stoughton Public Library and the Stoughton Historical Society and held at the Council on Aging/Youth Commission. Two dozen local volunteers worked together with a team of UMass Boston staff members and “Roadies” from past Mass. Memories Road Shows to welcome individuals with connections to the town.

About one hundred individuals contributed over 350 photographs documenting personal memories of friends and relatives in Stoughton and beyond. UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley and Senator William “Mo” Cowan, both residents of Stoughton, were among the large number of participants who shared family photographs. Many contributors also brought images and stories about coming to the United States from Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, and other parts of the world. The collection also includes a few photographs of local businesses such as Dorothy Jean’s Bakery and the McNamara dairy farm. Featured as well are images of parades and other events held in 1976 to celebrate both Stoughton’s 250th anniversary and the bicentennial of the American Revolution.

Irene Walsh (second from left), with her father, Joe McPhee, and three bridesmaids, on her wedding day, July 19, 1952.

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The Mass. Memories Road Show is a statewide digital history project that documents people, places and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. In partnership with teams of local volunteers, we organize public events to scan family and community photographs and videotape “the stories behind the photos.” The images and videos are indexed and incorporated into an online educational database. Since its launch, the project has gathered more than 8,000 photographs and stories from across the state. It is supported in part by the Patricia C. Flaherty ’81 Endowed Fund at UMass Boston.  

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston was established in 1981 as a repository to collect archival material in subject areas of interest to the university, as well as the records of the university itself. The mission and history of UMass Boston guide the collection policies of University Archives & Special Collections, with the university’s urban mission and strong support of community service reflected in the records of and related to urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, war and social consequence, and local history related to neighboring communities. To learn more, visit blogs.umb.edu/archives.

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Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts records: Now available for research

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is pleased to announce the availability of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts records, 1907-2010 (bulk 1980-2010).

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that educates funeral consumers about their rights and options. FCAEM provides consumers with current information about after-death care options in Massachusetts, including legal and practical information on death, burial, cremation, and anatomical gifts, as well as options for those who wish to care for their own dead. FCAEM maintains information on funeral directors and monitors legislation on funeral practices. The organization also provides speakers to civic and religious groups.

Founded as the Memorial Society of Massachusetts in 1962, FCAEM has undergone three name changes since its inception: The Memorial Society of New England (ca. 1970-1992), The Memorial Society, Inc. (1992-2002), and the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts (2002-present).

Additional information about the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts is available on the organization’s website at http://fcaemass.org.

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University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston collects materials related to the university’s history, as well as materials that reflect the institution’s urban mission and strong support of community service, notably in collections of records of urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, and local history related to neighboring communities.

University Archives & Special Collections welcomes inquiries from individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in donating materials of an archival nature that that fit within our collecting policy. These include manuscripts, documents, organizational archives, collections of photographs, unique publications, and audio and video media. For more information about donating to University Archives & Special Collections, click here or email library.archives@umb.edu.

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Lexington Mass. Memories Road Show images: Now online

Anahid Kazazian, Nairi Kazazian, and George Kazazian at their home on Concord Avenue, 1979.

The images and stories gathered at the Lexington Mass. Memories Road Show on March 16, 2013 are now available online. The event was part of LexCelebrate! Incorporation Weekend at Lexington High School, organized by the Lexington 300th Anniversary committee. Two dozen local volunteers worked together with a team of UMass Boston staff members and “Roadies” from past Road Shows to welcome individuals and families with connections to the town.

One hundred and forty-four individuals contributed over 300 photographs documenting personal memories of families, friends, and special events in Lexington and beyond. Many contributors shared photographs and stories about their experiences about coming to the United States from other parts of the world. The collection also includes several photographs of many Patriots’ Day parades and reenactments over the years, particularly the bicentennial celebration of the Battle of Lexington in 1975. School pictures from the 1960s and snapshots taken in the photobooth at the LexCelebrate! event are among the other types of community gatherings. Early views of local businesses such as Michelson’s Shoes, Berman’s Liquors, and Doran Greenhouses are featured as well.

Geeta Kannan and Sudha Balasuryan at the Lexington Mass. Memories Road Show, March 16, 2013.

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The Mass. Memories Road Show is a statewide digital history project that documents people, places and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. In partnership with teams of local volunteers, we organize public events to scan family and community photographs and videotape “the stories behind the photos.” The images and videos are indexed and incorporated into an online educational database. Since its launch, the project has gathered more than 8,000 photographs and stories from across the state. It is supported in part by the Patricia C. Flaherty ’81 Endowed Fund at UMass Boston.  

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston was established in 1981 as a repository to collect archival material in subject areas of interest to the university, as well as the records of the university itself. The mission and history of UMass Boston guide the collection policies of University Archives & Special Collections, with the university’s urban mission and strong support of community service reflected in the records of and related to urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, war and social consequence, and local history related to neighboring communities. To learn more, visit blogs.umb.edu/archives.

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Peabody Mass. Memories Road Show images now available online

 

Anne Quinn at the Peabody Mass. Memories Road Show.

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is pleased to announce the online availability of images and stories gathered at the Peabody Mass. Memories Road Show. The event was organized by the Peabody Institute Library, Peabody Council on Aging, Peabody Historical Society, and ArcWorks Community Art Center. It was held at the Torigian Community Life Center on October 20, 2012.

Twenty-six individuals contributed nearly 100 photographs. A St. John’s School class of 1933 reunion, the 1944 Junior Lodge of the Order of Sons of Italy, and Caroline “Lola” and Bill Busta’s 40th wedding anniversary party are among the community and family gatherings documented. Local sports teams represented in the collection include the 1945 Verza Tanning softball team and the 1948 Peabody High School track team.

Caroline “Lola” and Bill Busta at their 40th wedding anniversary celebration, 1992.

Browse the Peabody Mass. Memories Road Show collection.


The Mass. Memories Road Show is a statewide digital history project that documents people, places and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. In partnership with teams of local volunteers, we organize public events to scan family and community photographs and videotape “the stories behind the photos.” The images and videos are indexed and incorporated into an online educational database. Since its launch, the project has gathered more than 8,000 photographs and stories from across the state. It is supported in part by the Patricia C. Flaherty ’81 Endowed Fund at UMass Boston.  

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston was established in 1981 as a repository to collect archival material in subject areas of interest to the university, as well as the records of the university itself. The mission and history of UMass Boston guide the collection policies of University Archives & Special Collections, with the university’s urban mission and strong support of community service reflected in the records of and related to urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, war and social consequence, and local history related to neighboring communities. To learn more, visit blogs.umb.edu/archives.

 

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Library of Congress lists Mass. Memories Road Show as resource for community digital archives

Diana Archibald and Turner Netherton at the Lowell Mass. Memories Road Show

We’re proud to report that the Mass. Memories Road Show, an initiative of University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston, was listed as one of “10 resources that provide useful insight into developing, managing and accessing community digital archives” in a recent post on the Library of Congress’ Digital Humanities Blog. We’re always pleased when the Mass. Memories Road Show can serve as a model for community-archiving and community-based public history endeavors.

View the full story: blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2013/06/10-resources-for-community-digital-archives.

Explore the Mass. Memories Road Show: openarchives.umb.edu.


The Mass. Memories Road Show is a statewide digital history project that documents people, places and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. In partnership with teams of local volunteers, we organize public events to scan family and community photographs and videotape “the stories behind the photos.” The images and videos are indexed and incorporated into an online educational database. Since its launch, the project has gathered more than 8,000 photographs and stories from across the state. It is supported in part by the Patricia C. Flaherty ’81 Endowed Fund at UMass Boston.  

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston was established in 1981 as a repository to collect archival material in subject areas of interest to the university, as well as the records of the university itself. The mission and history of UMass Boston guide the collection policies of University Archives & Special Collections, with the university’s urban mission and strong support of community service reflected in the records of and related to urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, war and social consequence, and local history related to neighboring communities. To learn more, visit blogs.umb.edu/archives.

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