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.
Browse the Lexington 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.