Local Spotlight: Activist, Author, and Teacher Melvin H. King

Mel King, image courtesy of the South End Historical Society

Mel King, image courtesy of the South End Historical Society

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

“In 1968, South End activist, author, and teacher Mel King led the famous demonstrations at Tent City.”

Here is a selection from Mel King’s profile in the book: “Mel King grew up in the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood. After attending Claflin College in South Carolina, King returned to Boston and received his master’s degree in education from Boston Teacher’s College in 1952. Interested in community development and activism, he served as the director of Boy’s Work at the South End’s Lincoln House and as the director of the New Urban League and also did work for United South End Settlements. He founded C.A.U.S.E. (Community Assembly for a United South End) to fight for the interests of poor residents during urban renewal, led the famous demonstrations at Tent City in 1968, and fought plans to place a highway through portions of several Boston neighborhoods.”

To learn more about Mel King, check out his profile on page 17 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: Lieutenant Alan Borgal and the Animal Rescue League

Image courtesy of the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Image courtesy of the Animal Rescue League of Boston

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the South End Historical Society is featuring people and information 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:

“Name the Lieutenant who works at the non-profit that stands at the corner of Tremont and Arlington.”

Did you know the Lieutenant? Lt. Alan Borgal!
Do you know the non-profit? The Animal Rescue League of Boston!

Here is a selection from Lt. Borgal’s profile in the book: “Lieutenant Alan Borgal began working at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) almost 40 years ago as a shelter kennel worker. He became a Massachusetts Special State Police officer in 1981 and began investigating incidents of animal cruelty and abuse. Today, Lieutenant Borgal is the director of the Center for Animal Protection at the ARL.”

To learn more about Lieutenant Borgal, his advocacy on behalf of animals, and the awards he’s won, check out his profile on page 10 of the book (it comes out on May 5th). Pre-order your copy here.

To learn more about the great work that the Animal Rescue League of Boston does, visit the ARL’s website here. Special thanks go to them for providing an image of Lt. Borgal for use in the book.

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: Patrick Gilmore

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the South End Historical Society is featuring people and information from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia and South End Fact social media posts. Today’s South End Fact post read: “Patrick Gilmore, author of popular Civil War song ʺJohnny Comes Marching Home,” lived at 2 Sharon Street.”

Here is a selection from Patrick Gilmore’s profile in the book: “An experienced bandleader, Gilmore organized the 1869 and 1872 Peace Jubilees. At the time of both jubilees, Gilmore lived at 2 Sharon Street. He is credited with penning the lyrics to the Civil War song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” Check out this video of the United States Military Academy Band playing the song.

To learn more about Patrick Gilmore, check out his profile on page 75 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: Mary Antin

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the South End Historical Society is featuring people and information 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: “Name the immigrant who lived on Dover Street, went to Girls’ High School, and wrote The Promised Land.”

Do you know the answer?

Mary Antin!

Here is a selection from Mary Antin’s profile in the book: “Born in Polotsk (in what is now Belarus) in 1881, Mary Antin moved to Boston with her family in 1894. She spent some of her teenage years on Dover Street (now East Berkeley Street) in the immigrant-dominated South End. In 1899, Antin published a book of letters she had written during her trip from Polotsk to Boston in 1894. In 1912, she published her autobiography, The Promised Land.”

To learn more about Mary Antin, check out her profile on page 62 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.

Event: Author Lecture at the South End Branch Library


Author Program and Book Signing

Tuesday, May 27th, 6:30 PM
South End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 685 Tremont Street.

20130730_175647Join author Hope J. Shannon for a lecture about her new book, Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End. Shannon will give a lecture about notable locals from the South End’s past and present. A book signing will follow.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale at the event or you may purchased them in advance here.

For more information, call the Library at 617-536-8241.

Local Spotlight: The South End News

The South End Historical Society is featuring people and information from the book in its South End Trivia and South End Fact social media posts. Today’s South End Fact post read: “The first issue of the South End News was published in February 1980 at 49 East Springfield Street.”

Want to know more? Read this selection from the South End News’ profile in the book.

Skip Rosenthal and Alison Barnet published the first issue of the South End News on February 15, 1980 from Barnet’s home at 49 East Springfield Street. Contributors to the first edition included John Sacco (Boston policeman assigned to District 4), Richard Card (South End Historical Society founding president and local historian), and others. Rosenthal later sold the paper to James Hoover, who eventually sold it to Sue O’Connell and Jeff Coakley.

To learn more about the South End News, check out their profile on page 102 of the book (it comes out on May 5th!).

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

Local Spotlight: Harry the Greek’s and the Kamenides Family

The South End Historical Society will feature people and information from the book in its South End Trivia and South End Fact social media posts. The first South End Trivia post went out today and it read: “Name the Kamenides family store that opened at Washington & Dover in the early 1950s.”

Did you know the answer?

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From left to right, David Kelly, Milton Kamenides, and Sarah Hutt at the store’s closing in 2001. Image courtesy of Sarah Hutt.

Here is a selection from the Kamenides family profile in the book. Special thanks to Sarah Hutt for the image!

Harry and Ann Kamenides opened Harry the Greek’s on the corner of Dover (now East Berkeley) and Washington Streets around 1950. They, and later their son Milton, bought and sold new and used clothing until the store closed in 2001. College students, professors, rich, poor, curious South Enders who spied the store from the elevated Orange Line that ran by—they all came to Harry the Greek’s.

To learn more about the Kamenides family and Harry the Greek’s, check out their profile on page 100 of the book (it comes out on May 5th!).

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

 

Book Launch Event! Author Lecture & Book Signing

Book Release Celebration
Friday, May 16th, 6:30 PM

Join author Hope J. Shannon for a lecture and book signing to celebrate the release of Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End. A reception will follow. This event is hosted by the South End Historical Society and will take place at United South End Settlements, 566 Columbus Avenue (at the corner of Massachusetts and Columbus Avenues).

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale.

Please sign up if you plan to attend.
To sign up, call the South End Historical Society at 617-536-4445, email them at admin@southendhistoricalsociety.org, or fill out the form below.

Local Spotlight: Kip Tiernan

Kip Tiernan

Image courtesy of Ben Watkins.

 

I’ll be posting some highlights from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End over the coming weeks as we await the book’s official release. Today, I’d like to share this photograph of Kip Tiernan with you. I’ve also included a small section of Kip’s profile from the book. I extend a big thank you to Ben Watkins for allowing me to use this image and several others.

In 1974, Kip Tiernan opened Rosie’s Place, the first shelter for homeless women in the United States. At the time, no shelters existed for only women, a population often underserved by those who advocated for homeless people. Rosie’s Place gradually expanded its programs to include teaching strategies to help women combat homelessness. In addition to her work with Rosie’s Place, Tiernan also founded or co-founded several other social assistance and justice groups. She died in 2011.

To learn more about Kip, check out her profile on page 33 of the book (it comes out on May 5th!).

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Book Release Date Announced!

I am pleased to announce that Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End will be released on May 5th.

The South End Historical Society will host an author program and reception to celebrate the release. The date is not yet finalized but we are leaning toward Thursday, May 22nd. We will provide more information soon. In the meantime, please check back here for event information, news about the book, and more.

Click here to see the official announcement.

Thanks!
Hope