Saturday May 14: Bring your Memories!

MMRSThe Mass. Memories Road Show, is coming to Hyde Park!  Whether you’re a recently arrived resident or have lived in Hyde Park for generations, join us on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136, and become a part of Massachusetts and Hyde Park history!  This event is free and open to the Public.

SELECT and BRING 3 photos of family and friends in the Hyde Park community to contribute to the Mass. Memories Road Show, a state-wide public history digital archive based at the Joseph P. Healey Library, UMass-Boston.  All collected images will become part of the Open Archives at UMass Boston and will be shared online with the world at

Current and former residents as well as business owners of Hyde Park are welcome to drop-in and participate.  A sampling of photos to bring include those depicting family reunions and special occasions, snapshots and candids, military or public service.  Unframed originals are preferred, and cell phone images are welcome, too!  The photos will be scanned or copied onsite, and the originals immediately returned to their owners.  A video area where individuals may choose to share a 2-3 minute story about their photos will also be available.  Professional archivists will be on hand to advise contributors on how to care for and protect their precious artifacts.

The Hyde Park Mass. Memories Road Show is sponsored by UMass Boston, the Friends of the Hyde Park Library, The Hyde Park Community Center, and Spin350 Creative.  For more information, please contact or call 617-968-6577.  Keep up with us on Twitter: #HydeParkMMRS.

A Fun Appraisal Day

appraisal-CWpitcherThe Friends’ Antiques Appraisal Day on Saturday July 11th was a fun day amid other events at the branch library–girl scouts met in Menino Hall in the morning, followed by a community meeting with Mayor Martin Walsh.   Our event was as well-attended, and many happy owners learned more about their objects.  This Pilgrim pitcher was valued at about $200-300.



appraise-clockPatrick from Cobwebs Antiques in Jamaica Plain points out a detail on the back of a canvas painting.




The antique clock here is handsome!






This Civil War-era sword had the highest estimated value of the day at $12,000!



appraisal-V+ C


Friends Board President Vicky and Emeritus Board Member Claire look over some of Claire’s items.





Banjoist John added his musical flair during the entire event.  Thank you very much, John!

Joining him here are Friends volunteer Diane, Friends Board member Barbara and branch staffer Yosefa.

I See Jazz 2

Jazz at the LibraryI See Jazz 2: A Collection of Jazz Images from Here and There is an ongoing exhibition at the branch library between April 28 and May 30, 2012.  Sponsored by Artists-at-Large, Inc., this exhibition opened at the start of Boston JazzWeek, and celebrates jazz in the visual arts, and include:

1.    Buddy Bolton Band photographed 100 years ago
Public domain photo. Photographer not credited

2.    Forbes Graham and Liz Ronka at HP Library 2010
Photo by Ann Herrick

3.    Music Workshop poster
Design by Jeff Kimmel

4.    Les Paul
Public domain photo. Photographer not credited

5.    Don Cherry
Public domain photo. Photographer not credited

6.    Terry Bozzio drum kit
Photographer not credited. Altered by Tommey

7.    The Fringe at The Zeitgeist
Photo uncredited

8.    Piano Keys
Royalty Free Image.

9.    Free Music Now Collective at The Lily Pad
Design by Scott Getchell

10.    Debo Band publicity photo.
Photographer not known.
Interesting note: Debo had their first concert in Hyde Park and now tour     internationally

11.    Billie Holiday
Public Domain Image. Photo-shoped by Tommey

12.    Painting of Jazz Band
Royalty Free Image. Digitally printed. Unaltered from file

Many images are public domain photos and are available for sale as presented and framed.  Proceeds of all sales benefit the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and Artists-at-Large.  Please contact 617-313-6557, or for more information.

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.