Spring Newsletter and Events Calendar

We released our spring newsletter today.  In this issue, Vol. 40, No. 1:

  • Local historian and author Alison Barnet’s article about South End police officer John Sacco’s beat and South End News column. 
    See page 2. 
  • “A South End Love Story” on page 5, which I also posted on this blog earlier this year.
  • Our May and June events calendar on page 4.
  • My Executive Director letter on page 1.

We’ve been busy here at the SEHS preparing for our 46th Annual Spring Ball, “A Venetian Masquerade,” scheduled for this Saturday, April 28th from 8pm to midnight at the Lenox Hotel.  We have a great band, Malloi, delicious light fare and dessert, prizes for the most classic, elegant, and creative masks, and a silent auction with items from local restaurants, businesses, and cultural institutions. 

Visit our website for to purchase Masquerade tickets online or call 617-536-4445 to pay by check.  Proceeds from our two annual fundraisers, the Spring Ball and the House Tour, fund one third of our annual operating budget and we could not continue without them.  Come enjoy the event, make new friends, and support local history! 

I posted the picture above in honor of our early balls.  It was taken at the 4th Annual Ball, February 1970, at the Franklin Square House on East Newton Street.  Guests often wore Victorian costume to early balls and in the picture you can see the costumes worn by the two women on the left.  Betty Gibson, founder of what is now Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty and an early SEHS board member, is on the right.