Mass. Memories Road Show heads to Eastham on Sunday, May 7

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Eastham Public Library | 190 Samoset Road | Eastham, Mass. | Click here for directions.

Do you have a connection to Eastham, Massachusetts? Do you live or work in Eastham? Are your roots in Eastham? Share your memories and take your place in Massachusetts history at this free, public event.

Please bring 2-3 photographs in their original format (digital or print photographs) and your stories to be recorded. We will scan unframed pictures and copy digital images and return the pictures back to you. All images will be added to the online collection at openarchives.umb.edu.

Local support for the Eastham Mass. Memories Road Show is provided by the Eastham Public Library.

For more information about the Eastham Mass. Memories Road Show, contact Debra DeJonker-Berry at ddejonkerberry@clamsnet.org or by calling 508-240-5950 (ext. 3137).

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. It is produced by the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is co-sponsored by the Patricia C. Flaherty ’81 Endowed Fund.

Download the flyer for the Eastham Mass. Memories Road Show and remember to share it with your friends and family members!

Questions? Email carolyn.goldstein@umb.edu.

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Saturday, April 22: Building a People’s History of Dorchester

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Dorchester Historical Society | 195 Boston Street | Dorchester, Mass. | Click here for directions.

Come and share your aspirations for Dorchester history. Help make Dorchester’s past visible. Please join us in a conversation about our communities’ histories, sharing your thoughts on what histories you want to know and explore. What history is missing and why does it matter to you?

History empowers us. Sustaining our communities and supporting active citizenship requires that we understand and share our histories. Building a people’s history depends on your participation.

For more information, contact:

  • Jane Becker, PhD (Graduate Internship Coordinator and Lecturer, History Dept., UMass Boston), jane.becker@umb.edu
  • Monica Pelayo, PhD (Dir. of the Public History Track and Assistant Professor, History Dept., UMass Boston), monica.pelayo@umb.edu

This program is part of the Dorchester History Initiative, which includes John McColgan, City Archivist, City of Boston Archives; the Dorchester Historical Society; UMass Boston’s Department of History (Public History Track); and University Archives and Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston.

Download the flyer for this event here and help spread the word.


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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Announcing Mass. Memories Road Show events for 2017

Join us on the road!

University Archives & Special Collections at UMass Boston is excited to announce that the Mass. Memories Road Show will be visiting four communities in Massachusetts in 2017 to collect family photographs and stories from individuals in those communities.

  • Nahant              Nahant Town Hall                           Saturday, April 1
  • Eastham           Eastham Public Library                 Sunday, May 7
  • Wilmington    Wilmington High School               Saturday, September 30
  • Marshfield      Ventress Memorial Library           Saturday, October 28
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Click the image to download a copy of this flyer.

Keep visiting blogs.umb.edu/archives for updates about these events.

Browse the Mass. Memories Road Show collection here.


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 9,000 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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Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive launch: Saturday, November 19, at the Boston Public Library

hiphoparchive_nov19draft1In celebration of Hip-Hop History Month, the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston and the Boston Public Library invite the public to the launch of the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive.

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016  |  12:00 to 5:00 pm

Where: Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall  |  700 Boylston Street., Boston, Mass. 02116

For more information and directions, visit www.bpl.org or RSVP on Facebook.

Browse the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive here.

This event is free and open to the public and will include:

  • Artist panels with legendary local hip-hop artists from the 1980s to the present, including members of first-generation Boston groups The Almighty RSO, Top Choice Clique, FTI Crew, and artists including Rusti Pendleton, Edo G, Akrobatik, Bay Holla, Professor Lyrical, among others;
  • Listening sessions where the public can hear unreleased demo tapes from the Lecco’s Lemma collection from artists like Guru (Keithy E.), The Almighty RSO, Top Choice Clique, FTI Crew, and many others;
  • Hip-Hop in black and white: A discussion of racism and appropriation in American popular music and hip-hop history hosted by local activist scholars and cultural historians Jamarhl Crawford and Reebee Garofalo;
  • Official launch of the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive and Lecco’s Lemma collection and thanks to donors Magnus Johnstone, Willie “Loco” Alexander, and Tony Rose.

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Visit blogs.umb.edu/archives and follow the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive on Twitter for updates.


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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Hingham Mass. Memories Road Show photographs and stories now online

Hingham town employees participating in the Hingham Mass. Memories Road Show. Eileen McCracken, Andrea Young, Anne Dalton, Dorothy Galo, Jennifer Williams, Scott McMillian, Stephanie McBain, David Basler, Mary Savage-Dunham, Barbara Farnsworth, Doreen Newcomb. Contributor: Patricia Basler.

Hingham town employees participating in the Hingham Mass. Memories Road Show. Eileen McCracken, Andrea Young, Anne Dalton, Dorothy Galo, Jennifer Williams, Scott McMillian, Stephanie McBain, David Basler, Mary Savage-Dunham, Barbara Farnsworth, Doreen Newcomb. Contributor: Patricia Basler.

The photographs and stories gathered at the Hingham Mass. Memories Road Show are available online now for research.

Held at Hingham Town Hall, the event was organized by the Town of Hingham and the Hingham Public Library. Two dozen local volunteers collaborated with a team of UMass Boston staff members and “Roadies” from past Mass. Memories Road Shows to welcome adults and children with connections to this South Shore Massachusetts town.

Many contributors shared photographs and stories of themselves and their relatives gathering informally at home, coming home from war, or attending larger social gatherings. Other photographs document community members participating in town-wide events–high school graduation ceremonies and parties, scouting activities, sports competitions, and religious occasions. Several people brought materials documenting the 4th of July parade over the decades.

Hingham High School prom, 1966. Joyce Barber and Ronald Wright. Contributor: Joyce Barber.

Hingham High School prom, 1966. Joyce Barber and Ronald Wright. Contributor: Joyce Barber.

Together, the items in the collection portray residents joining together to enhance the quality of life in a changing South Shore town: restoring historic buildings, conserving land, and planting public gardens. Contributors shared memories and images of police and fire departments, local businesses, churches, summer camps, and natural landmarks.

The video interviews collected at this event are still being processed; a separate notice will be posted when they are available.

Leavitt Bros. Trucking, 1944. My dad, William Carlbon Leavitt, had a trucking business in the town Hingham since 1937. This truck was used to pick up cheese and butter to deliver to residents of Hingham during WWII. Contributor: Sandra Jean Leavitt Kentel.

Leavitt Bros. Trucking, 1944. My dad, William Carlbon Leavitt, had a trucking business in the town Hingham since 1937. This truck was used to pick up cheese and butter to deliver to residents of Hingham during WWII. Contributor: Sandra Jean Leavitt Kentel.

Browse the Hingham 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 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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