Book Lecture – Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress

The John Harvard Book Celebration presents on Monday, March 19, 2012, at 6p.m. Harvard Law School professor and author Lawrence Lessig as he discusses his sixth book about the corrupting influence of special-interest money on American politics, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It.

The John Harvard Book Celebration is part of Harvard University’s 375th anniversary celebration and highlights its close ties to Boston and Cambridge.  The Boston and Cambridge Public Libraries are other members of this celebration partnership.

St. Matthew’s Passion Lecture

At the branch library on Monday, March 26, 2012, 7p.m., musicologist and lecturer Theresa Neff will present a discussion of the history and composition of St. Matthew’s Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach.   Ms. Neff is the 2011-2012 Historically Informed Performance Fellow at the Handel and Hayden Society, and is on the Music History faculty of The Boston Conservatory.

This lecture precedes the scheduled Handel and Hayden Society performances of St. Matthew’s Passion at Boston Symphony Hall on Friday March 30 and Sunday April 1, 2012.

Civil War-Era Band to Perform Saturday Oct 8, 2011

National performers the 2nd Carolina String Band will be performing at the Hyde Park Branch Library on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at 10:30am.  Come enjoy authentic string band music of the Civil War era performed on banjo, fiddle, guitar, drums, pennywhistle and flute, by re-enactors of the 2nd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry.  Musical selections are popular songs among soldiers of the Civil War.  For more about the band, visit their website at <>.  This program is part of the Boston Pubilc Library’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Hyde Park Then and Now, Again!

If you missed it on September 19th, you have another chance to attend local historian and author Anthony Sammarco’s encore illustrated lecture introducing his new book, Hyde Park Then and Now.   Come to the branch library on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 6:30pm to learn of Mr. Sammarco’s work in putting together this new book of old and modern images of Hyde Park’s landmarks.

Hyde Park Then and Now

On Monday, September 19, 2011, at 6:30pm in Menino Hall, local historian and author Anthony Sammarco will present an illustrated lecture introducing his new book, Hyde Park Then and Now, which highlights familiar landmarks in Hyde Park and compares old photographs with modern images. Incorporated in 1868, Hyde Park existed as a separate town until its annexation to the city of Boston in 1912, and is made from sections of Dorchester, Milton, and Dedham.

If you can’t attend, don’t miss Mr. Sammarco’s encore presentation of this same lecture on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 6:30pm, also at the Hyde Park Branch Library.

Honor Enough: Sergeant Horatio Homer

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library are pleased to sponsor on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 2pm, Margaret R. Sullivan’s illustrated, historical lecture on Horatio Homer, the first black officer with the Boston Police Department.   Appointed in 1878 and promoted to Sergeant in 1895, Homer served with distinction for more than 40 years. A lover of music and poetry, Sgt. Homer was a political activist and a quiet leader of a long forgotten cohort of 19th century African-American Boston officers. Ms. Sullivan is the Records Manager and Archivist of the Boston Police Department, as well as the volunteer instructor for Crochet Workshop for Kids.  Light refreshments will be offered at the program’s end.