Come see us at the South End Authors’ Book Festival!

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Join Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End author Hope J. Shannon and many other South End authors at the 1st Annual South End Authors’ Book Festival. Visit http://www.uses.org/bookfestival for more information. This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

South End Author Spotlight: New Book From Jean Gibran

I was thrilled to receive long-time South Ender Jean Gibran’s new book, Love Made Visible, in the mail today. In it, Jean tells the story of her marriage to artist Kahlil Gibran. Be sure to congratulate Jean! Her book is available on Amazon and from the publisher.

Jean and Kahlil are both featured in Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End.

Local Spotlight: Betty Gibson

Betty Gibson (center) with friends at a South End Historical Society fundraiser in 1970. Image courtesy of the South End Historical Society.

Betty Gibson (center) with friends at a South End Historical Society fundraiser in 1970. Image courtesy of the South End Historical Society.

On Tuesdays, the South End Historical Society features people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia social media posts. Today’s South End Trivia post read:

“Name the real estate agent who once served as a lieutenant in WAVES and as a board member of the SEHS.”

Did you know the answer? Betty Gibson!

Here is a selection from Betty Gibson’s profile in the book: “Betty Gibson was born Bertha Catherine Gibson in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. She graduated from Smith College in 1928 and worked at Jordan Marsh before opening her Town and Country Store in Coolidge Corner in Brookline. Gibson served as a lieutenant in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) during World War II. In 1962, she began working for herself in real estate, and in 1963, she moved to 530 Massachusetts Avenue on Chester Square in the South End.”

To learn more about Betty Gibson, check out her profile on page 95 of the book. Order your copy here.

To receive the South End Trivia posts, follow our friends at the South End Historical Society on Twitter and Facebook.

Local Spotlight: Colonel Albert Pope

Colonel Albert PopeOn Thursdays, the South End Historical Society features people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia social media posts. Today’s South End Fact post read:

“The Pope Manufacturing Company at 221 Columbus Ave. was once the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world.”

Here is a selection from Colonel Pope’s profile in the book: “Born in Boston in 1843, Albert Pope joined a volunteer regiment and fought in the Civil War, attaining the rank of colonel. Colonel Pope visited the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, where he saw a bicycle for the first time. In 1877, fascinated by the possibilities that the bicycle offered to the traveling public, Pope opened the Pope Manufacturing Company to produce and sell bicycles. In the early 1890s, Pope built a new location for his company at 221 Columbus Avenue.”

To learn more about Colonel Pope, check out his profile on page 101 of the book. Order your copy here.

To receive the South End Trivia posts, follow our friends at the South End Historical Society on Twitter and Facebook

Local Spotlight: Jason Yee

Yee is pictured here at eight years old. Photograph by Toshi Sakai, Image courtesy of Jason Yee.

On Tuesdays, the South End Historical Society features people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia social media posts. Today’s South End Trivia post read:

“In 1995, what South End resident formed & coached the first Boston San-Shou team?”

Did you know the answer? Jason Yee!

Here is a selection from Jason Yee’s profile in the book: “Jason Yee grew up at 301 Shawmut Avenue and then moved to the Piano Factory at 791 Tremont Street with his mother when he was 14. He studied painting and film at the Museum School of Fine Arts and Massachusetts College of Art and screenwriting at the University of California, Los Angeles. Yee started learning kung fu at the age of six from his grandfather Jimmy Sing Yee, who moved to the South End from China in 1936. Yee went on to study with renowned teachers in Chinatown and eventually traveled to China to train. He became a kung fu expert, and in 1991, he earned a medal in the first World San-Shou Championship in Beijing and was ranked third in the world for San-Shou kickboxing.”

To learn more about Jason Yee and San-Shou, check out Jason’s profile on page 74 of the book. Order your copy here.

To receive the South End Trivia posts, follow our friends at the South End Historical Society on Twitter and Facebook.

Local Spotlight: Darryl Settles

Image courtesy of Sandy Middlebrooks

Image courtesy of Sandy Middlebrooks

On Thursdays, the South End Historical Society features people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia social media posts. Today’s South End Fact post read:

“Darryl Settles, a former owner of Bob the Chef’s, started the Beantown Jazz Festival in 2001.”

Here is a selection from Darryl Settles’ profile in the book: “In 2001, Settles launched the first Beantown Jazz Festival, an attempt to unite music and the vitality of an urban street fair. He organized the festival every year until handing it over to Berklee College of Music in 2008. The event, now known as the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, has become a yearly pilgrimage for area jazz lovers. Settles sold Bob’s in 2008 but opened a new venture, Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, in 2010.”

To learn more about Darryl Settles and Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen, check out Darryl’s profile on page 97 of the book. Order your copy here.

To receive the South End Trivia posts, follow our friends at the South End Historical Society on Twitter and Facebook

Local Spotlight: Kathe McKenna and Haley House

Kathe McKenna, image courtesy of Gloria Feinstein

Kathe McKenna, image courtesy of Gloria Feinstein

On Tuesdays, the South End Historical Society features people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia social media posts. Today’s South End Trivia post read:

“Name the woman who established a soup kitchen on Dartmouth St. & helped found Rosie’s Place.”

Did you know the answer? Kathe McKenna!

Here is a selection from Kathe McKenna’s profile in the book: “Kathe McKenna arrived in Boston in the mid-1960s to work with College Young Christian Students, a liberal Catholic student group. McKenna wanted to open a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality to help homeless men, and mutual friends introduced her to the like-minded John McKenna. The two visited realtor Betty Gibson, who helped them find a basement apartment on Upton Street. John and Kathe married and began working toward their common mission by allowing homeless men to sleep in their living room and offering them a meal. Their experiment grew, and the following year, a gift from a friend helped them purchase a row house at 23 Dartmouth Street.” This project turned into Haley House.

To learn more about Kathe McKenna and Haley House, check out Kathe’s profile on page 12 of the book. Order your copy here.

To receive the South End Trivia posts, follow our friends at the South End Historical Society on Twitter and Facebook.

It’s Finally Here! The Book is Officially Released

BooksToday’s the day! May 5th– the official release date for Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End.

To celebrate the book’s release, there will be several book events in the South End in May. Check the events page for details!

Be sure to visit the News section of the website for updates about programs, announcements about the book, and more!

And finally, to purchase the book, visit here or buy one in person at one of the book events.

Happy reading!

 

Local Spotlight: Jovita Fontanez

Image belongs to the author's collection

Jovita Fontanez working at an election. Image belongs to the author’s collection.

On Thursdays, the South End Historical Society features people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Fact social media posts. Today’s South End Fact post read:

“Dartmouth Street resident Jovita Fontanez was the first Latina elected to the Electoral College of Massachusetts.”

Here is a selection from Jovita Fontanez’s profile in the book: “Born in New York to Puerto Rican parents, Jovita Fontanez moved to the South End with her family when she was a young child. She later purchased a house on Dartmouth Street, where she raised her two children and still lives today. Drawn to aiding underserved and impoverished people, Fontanez helped found the South End Community Health Center and served as its associate director. She also worked with the director of Casa Esperanza in Roxbury to set up their Latinas y Niños Center, a treatment program that helps pregnant women and mothers recover from alcohol and drug addiction.”

To learn more about Jovita Fontanez, check out her profile on page 34 of the book (it comes out on May 5th). Pre-order your copy here.

To receive the South End Trivia and South End Fact posts, follow our friends at the South End Historical Society on Twitter and Facebook.

Local Spotlight: Frieda Garcia

Frieda Garcia at Frieda Garcia Park, 2013. Image courtesy of Maryellen Hassell

Frieda Garcia at Frieda Garcia Park, 2013. Image courtesy of Maryellen Hassell

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the South End Historical Society is featuring people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia and South End Fact social media posts. Today’s South End Trivia post read:

“In 2013, the city opened a new park on Stanhope St. What South Ender is this park named for?”

Did you know the answer? Frieda Garcia.

Here is a selection from Frieda Garcia’s profile in the book: “Born in the Dominican Republic, Frieda Garcia moved to New York City with her family at the age of eight. She relocated to Boston in 1965 and began working at the Roxbury Multi-Service Center. While there, Garcia noticed that Spanish-speaking communities were underserved by Boston social-service organizations. She responded in 1969 by joining the fledgling La Alianza Hispana (the Spanish Alliance), an organization that helps bring neighborhood and social services to Spanish-speaking people in the Boston area. Garcia went on to work for Governors Sargent and Dukakis and served on Dukakis’s judiciary nominating commission for four years.”

To learn more about Frieda Garcia and how she became involved in the South End, check out her profile on page 11 of the book (it comes out on May 5th). Pre-order your copy here.

To receive the South End Trivia and South End Fact posts, follow our friends at the South End Historical Society on Twitter and Facebook.