Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day

Update to original post: The Granary Burying Groundin Massachusetts is the city of Boston's third-oldest cemetery. Located on Tremont Street, it is the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots, including three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Paul Revere and the five victims of the Boston Massacre. The cemetery is adjacent to Park Street Church and immediately across from Suffolk University Law School.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Garden of Rememberance

At the beginning of the Memorial Day Weekend holiday in the U.S. I thought I would show the Garden of Remembrance in the Public Garden. Completed in 2004 and located near Arlington Street, this memorial commemorates over 200 individuals with ties to Massachusetts who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Designer and landscape architect Victor Walker surrounded the memorial with benches, plants, and flowers to evoke a sense of tranquility in a public setting. A selection from a poem by local writer Lawrence Homer encourages us to find peace in this spot. “Time touches all more gently here,” he writes. A display of flags for fallen Massachusetts service men and women was set up yesterday on the Common. You can see some pictures I posted on my sister site, Light Impressions.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday Doorway

This week's doorway isn't really a doorway, but to me, for at least a brief moment, it looked a little bit like a doorway into the past. Photo taken at the New England Holocaust Memorial near Fanueil Hall.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Foggy Day

A Polaroid style view of boats moored in the harbor on a rainy and foggy day.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Brighton High School

Yesterday we saw the front of the Taft Middle School, which at one time was Brighton HS. When the school outgrew the Taft it moved across the street to this building. As you can see, the present High School is adjacent to St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

Below is a better view of the front of the Brighton High School building on Warren Ave.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Taft Middle School

This is the front of the Taft Middle School in Brighton, one of Boston's neighborhoods. The school is named after William Howard Taft the 27th President of the United States (1909-1913) and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930). He is the only person to have served in both offices.

Checking Wikipedia I discovered that Brighton is named after the town of Brighton in the English city of Brighton and Hove. For its first 160 years Brighton was part of Cambridge and was known as “Little Cambridge." Throughout much of its early history it was a rural town with a significant commercial center at its east end. Brighton separated from Cambridge in 1807 after a bridge dispute and was later annexed to Boston, in 1874.

Some notable residents of Brighton were Michael Bloomberg, current mayor of New York; John Krasinski, star of the U.S. version of The Office; and Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and many other Boston based novels.

Thanks to Jack in Hartford for finding some information on the sculpture in front of the school. It is Harold Connolly, a four time Olympian who set many national and world records in the Hammer throw. Connolly went to this school when it was Brighton High School, which is now located across the street. Read more about Harold Connolly.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

State House Eagle

Column behind the state house was erected after the Civil War to commemorate Boston's glorious past and prospects.