Friday, November 22, 2013

John F. Kennedy, 5/29/1917-11/22/1963

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in the family home at 83 Beals Street in Brookline on May 29, 1917.  He was killed by an assassin in Dallas, Texas 50 years ago today.

In the immediate aftermath of the assassination, it was widely expected that Kennedy would be buried in the family plot at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline.  The Boston Globe and the New York Times and wire service stories that appeared around the country the day after the assassination all reported that Holyhood was the expected burial site.

It was announced later that day that the president would be buried in Arlington National Cemetery instead.

The Kennedys' infant son Patrick, who died two days after birth, had been buried at Holyhood just three months earlier.  (Patrick's body was moved to Arlington in December.) Kennedy's parents, Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, and other family members are buried in Holyhood.

The National Park Service will hold a brief memorial ceremony at the JFK birthplace at 2 pm this Sunday.  The birthplace will also be open to the public Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

First Light 2013 at the Devotion House

A century and a half of shopping in Coolidge Corner
Brookline's annual First Light Festival, showcasing the talents of local artists, musicians and performers, takes place this Thursday, November 21st, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  

Join the Brookline Historical Society at the Edward Devotion House for a slideshow on the history of the Coolidge Corner shopping district.  Step inside for a tour of one of the oldest houses in town.  Chat with us about the past, the present, and the future of our town.

The Edward Devotion House is at 347 Harvard Street, in front of the Devotion School.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Civil War Program, Nov. 17th, 2 pm

Tuesday is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Henry V.D. Stone of Brookline, who was killed at Gettysburg at age 19, is one of the local men whose story will be told Sunday, November 17th, at 2 pm in the lobby of Town Hall. 

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Brookline Historical Society at 617-566-5747 or