Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square
Jan 18, 2023
Join us for a curatorial introduction to our new exhibition, Building Blocks: Boston Stories from Urban Atlases. This event will feature a talk by Exhibition Curatorial Fellow Laura Lee Schmidt, a Q+A session, and an opportunity to explore the material on display.
In the period spanning the Civil War to World War II, Boston’s urban fabric experienced profound changes. Building Blocks travels to different areas of metropolitan Boston from the 1870s to the 1930s for an episodic view of history, illuminating the many stories that are preserved in the urban atlas collection. Beyond the stories narrated in this exhibition, the rich details of the atlases help modern viewers imagine what one’s own story in a rapidly developing city might have looked like during a moment steeped in change.
This program is free and open to all members of the public. Registration on Eventbrite is required.