Lecture: Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill

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The Nichols House Museum, located on historic Beacon Hill, is pleased to present a lecture by Karen Cord Taylor. The lecture, “Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill” will take place on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston. Admission is $15 for Nichols House Museum members and $20 for non members.  Paid reservations are essential due to limited seating. Please call the Nichols House Museum at 617.227.6993 for further information.

In her illustrated talk, Karen will describe the fun and frustrations of compiling Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill, which celebrates the people who have had a memorable impact on this neighborhood throughout its 200-plus year history. Featured in this book of images and stories are such patriots as John Hancock and his Loyalist neighbor, the painter John Singleton Copley, the writers Julia Ward Howe and Louisa May Alcott, abolitionists Lewis Hayden and Sen. Charles Sumner, church founder and author Richard Henry Dana Jr., inventor George Grant, medical doctor and phrase-maker Oliver Wendell Holmes, 20th century leaders such as the Nichols sisters, and today’s writers, philanthropists, families, civic leaders, and shopkeepers. She will show some of the photos that appear in the book, and also some that were not included.

Karen Cord Taylor was the founder and long-time editor 

and publisher of the "Beacon Hill Times," the "Back Bay Sun" and the "Charlestown Bridge," now the "Patriot-Bridge." She has authored two books: “Blue Laws, Brahmins and Breakdown Lanes: An Alphabetic Guide to Boston and Bostonians,” published by the Globe Pequot Press, and, with Doris Cole, “The Lady Architects,” published by Midmarch Arts Press, as well as hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles on topics as varied as banking, travel, real estate and investment. Her book, "Getting to Grand Prairie: 100 Londoners and their Quest for Land in Frontier Illinois" will appear this fall. She has lived on Beacon Hill with her family for more than 40 years.

The Nichols House is a historic house museum that offers visitors a unique glimpse of late 19th and early 20th century domestic life on Boston’s Beacon Hill. Located at 55 Mount Vernon St., the museum is currently open for tours Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.