193 Salem Street
Old North Speaker Series
The Changing Shape of Boston: from “One if by land, and two if by sea” to the Present
Speaker: Nancy Seasholes
Co-sponsored by Old North Church and Historic Site
Tickets: “pay what you will” donation; register here
Did you know that Boston was once a small peninsula? How did the fact that Boston was located on a peninsula affect the choices made by both the British and the Patriots on April 18, 1775? What happened to that small peninsula afterwards to transform it into the Boston of today? This talk will explore the changes in Boston’s topography from the time of the Revolutionary War to the present.
Nancy S. Seasholes is a historian and historical archaeologist. Her area of expertise is all the filling that’s been done to create the land on which Boston is located. She is the author of Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston (MIT 2003) and its companion book, Walking Tours of Boston’s Made Land (MIT 2006). She’s also the author of a chapter in Krieger and Cobb’s Mapping Boston (MIT 1999). Nancy is an independent scholar and is currently directing a project to produce an historical atlas of Boston. Titled Atlas of Boston History: The Making of a City, it will be published by the University of Chicago Press in fall 2019.