Brookline Historical Society
Upcoming Event: The Annual Spring Program
Sunday, March 26th, 2 pm
Hunneman Hall, 2nd floor, Brookline Public Library
361 Washington Street, Brookline
St. Mary's Church (first building), Andem Place
The first St. Mary's Church on Andem Place (see map), with rear facing today's Station St., circa 1854
courtesy, The Digital Commonwealth
At the same time that Brookline was becoming a prosperous commuting suburb of Boston in the 1840s, it acquired a sizable community of Irish Catholic refugees from the Irish famine. Historian Ronald Dale Karr traces the rise of Irish Brookline and explores its complicated relationship with the dominant Yankee culture of Boston's wealthiest suburb. Karr, a former Brookline resident, is the author of Between City and Country: Brookline, Massachusetts, and the Origins of Suburbia, forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press.

Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
 
Welcome to the Brookline Historical Society
The Brookline Historical Society is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Brookline's diverse history. The society's headquarters are located in the heart of Coolidge Corner at the Edward Devotion House, one of Brookline's oldest colonial period structures. The Society also maintains the circa 1780 Widow Harris House as well as the Putterham School located in Larz Anderson Park. Our membership program is active and volunteers are welcome.
Brookline Village, Harvard Sq.


We invite you to browse our growing online collection of over 350 historic photos, postcards, atlases and more.
 
Virtual Walking Tour
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Brookline's rich history can now take a virtual walking tour of the town via our new online map. The map presents pictures and descriptions (with links for more information) about homes, commercial buildings, churches and synagogues, schools, neighborhoods, parks, and other parts of the town.

Most of the sites marked on the map are in Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, Longwood, and the area around the First Parish Church and the old Village Green. Other sites and other areas of Brookline are being added, helping to bring to light stories behind familiar and not-so-familiar places in town.
President Ken Liss Blogs on Brookline Past & Present
Brookline Village Coffee Shops & Their Pasts
In one short block in Brookline Village, two international coffee shop chains compete for business in storefronts just three doors apart. The more established Starbucks is at 7 Harvard Street, and the newcomer, Caffé Nero, is at 1 Harvard Square. ... full blog at brooklinehistory.blogspot.com