Again Opening Postponed!

The library’s reopening date is now July 26th. The delay is due to the return and shelving of the books. Apparently much of the HP collection was taken away for storage during construction and for distribution to patrons at branches which were pick up sites.

Countdown to Reopening

Staff at the Hyde Park Library returned the week to prepare for the branch to reopen on July 19th. Yesterday IT staff began to reinstall the public computers. Hyde Park materials sent to other branches during the pandemic are slowly being sent back and reentered into the catalog. Work orders are in place for general cleaning inside and outside the building especially in the children’s garden.

Repair to the front steps/rail, and paint to the fence will likely not be done before opening, but will remain on the To DO list. Further landscaping is still need to the side historic garden area. We hope to do some planting in the Fall, and possibly add a plaque honoring Dr. Rebecca Crumpler, physician and author who lived in Hyde Park in the 1880s. She was a Boston medical pioneer being the first Black women to earn a medical degree in the US. (1864)

On a very positive note is the recognition given to Victoria Gall, the organization president by Keep Hyde Park Beautiful.

2021 Annual Meeting


The Friends of the Hyde Park Library invite you to the Annual Meeting on Zoom.

When: Apr 13, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:

After the business meeting, Priscilla Foley, the Director of Neighborhood Services will share with us up to date information about the plans for reopening the libraries. The focus of course will be on what’s happening and will happen at our Hyde Park Branch.

The New England Journal of Medicine Recognizes Dr. Crumpler

A delightful essay on Dr. Crumpler. It very nicely links her career with the emerging fields of pediatrics and public health, with numerous thoughtful quotes from her book (AND a note that no verified photo of her exists!). Comments from a librarian at the Boston University School of Medicine.

Notice the remark about the advocacy of the Friends of the HP Library.

Points of Interest at Fairview Cemetery

The Friends of the Hyde Park Library and the Hyde Park Historical Society have prepared a self guided tour of gravesites and monuments of interest in Fairview Cemetery. The cemetery, established in 1892, is a wonderful place to walk for exercise, enjoy nature and have a history lesson. The decision to do this tour developed from the project to fund raise and purchase a grave stone for Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the 1st Black women physician in the US. (1864).

When working on the project, committee members and others in the community began asking questions about who was buried in the cemetery besides Mayor Menino and John J. Enneking. Now less than a year later we share with you this tour guide.

You can download the map and the site locations here.

Please visit the cemetery when the daffodils are blooming. Bulbs, donated by Boston Blooms with Daffodils were planted at these sites and a few others.

Thank You Dr. Crumpler

A gathering to say Brava to Dr. Crumpler on the anniversary of her birthday.

Today in History By The Associated Press

Today is Monday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2021. There are 326 days left in the year.

In 1831, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, was born in Delaware.

And finally, a direct link to the Around Town program taped at Fairview Cemetery on July 16, 2020, at the dedication of the grave stones for Dr. Crumpler and Arthur Crumpler.

Happy Birthday Dr. Crumpler

A few ways we will honor Dr. Rebecca Crumpler.

This is an image from the PDF so the clarity is poor. The official proclamation is ‘in the mail’.
  1. Winter floral arrangement to be place at Dr. Crumpler’s grave in Fairview Cemetery. Photos to follow.
  2. A listing of her birthdate and significance in Today in History, compiled by the Associated Press.

Honor her by sharing her story.

National Parks Boston Collaborates with the Boston Public Library

          The National Parks of Boston, in partnership with the Boston Public Library, is pleased to announce our 2021 lecture series! Over the next few months NPB Rangers will deliver nine virtual talks exploring the BPL’s 2021 programmatic theme Repairing America: Race Equity and Recovery. All talks begin at 6:00 pm EST and are free to attend. Registration is required.  
Revolutionary Harbor: Boston’s Maritime Underground Railroad
February 2, 2021 at 6 pm          
During the years preceding the American Civil War, Boston served as one of the most important stops on the Underground Railroad. Did you know that many of the fugitives escaping from enslavement came to Boston by stowing away on ships from southern ports? This program explores the untold stories of men and women making daring escapes to freedom through Boston Harbor. To register, click the link.   Register Here    

    Beyond the 54th
February 16, 2021 at 6 pm        
Many people know the story of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment during the Civil War, but have you ever wondered what happened after 1865? Join Ranger Jocelyn as we delve into the stories of some of the men who served and learn how many continued to fight for equality for all. To register, click the link .   Register Here