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New Meetup: Rainsford Island : Mercy’s Dwelling Place @ The Old South Meeting House

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, October 22, 2009 12:38 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Rainsford Island : Mercy?s Dwelling Place @ The Old South Meeting House

When: November 12,[masked]:00 PM

Old South Meeting House
310 Washington St
Boston, MA 02108

There is a three-part lunchtime series running for the first three Thursdays of November at the Old South Meeting House. The price is $5.00. Not sure if people can drop in, or need to make reservations. T.J. needs to check.

Rainsford Island : Mercy?s Dwelling Place
Date: November 5, 2009
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108

"Rainsford Island, for almost a century untended, has played a pivotal role as Boston?s best line of defense against smallpox, yellow fever and other perceived security threats, both epidemiological and social. Curator Elizabeth Carella shares the island?s colorful history of epidemics, shipwrecks and daring escapes. This series is presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands "

"$5; free for OSMH members or members of the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands"

"Old South Meeting House Education Department

Where to meet:
T.J. Maher works right near South Station and should be there at 11:45 am to gather people, save chairs for people. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

About Rainsford Island (Wikepedia):

"Rainsford Island, formerly known Hospital Island, Pest House Island, and Quarantine Island, is a 21-acre (85,000 m2) island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, situated between Long Island and Peddocks Island. The island is composed of two drumlins, reaching an elevation of 49 feet (15 m) above sea level. The shoreline is predominantly rocky with a sandy cove in the south side, and a variety of wildflowers abound. Access is by private boat only.

"This island was named for one of earliest recorded settlers, Edward Rainsford, nephew of Richard Raynsford and a descendant of King Henry III of England; he owned the island by 1632.

"The island is known to have been used by Native American Indians and, during the colonial period, was occupied, farmed and grazed. Between 1737 and 1925 the island has served as a quarantine hospital, unmarked burial ground for the diseased and criminals,[1], almshouse, veterans hospital, reform school, and resort.

"However only foundations and a dilapidated seawall still survive from these uses".

About the Old South Meeting House:

"From the meeting of more than 5,000 colonists on December 16, 1773, which started the Boston Tea Party, to the present, the Old South Meeting House has been an important gathering place for nearly three centuries. Renowned for the protest meetings held here before the American Revolution, this National Historic Landmark has long served as a platform for the free expression of ideas. Today, the Old South Meeting House is open daily as a museum and continues to provide a place for people to meet, discuss and act on important issues of the day. The stories of the men and women who are part of Old South?s vital heritage reveal why the Old South Meeting House occupies an enduring place in the history of the United States".

About the Friends of Boston Harbor Islands:

"The Volunteers and Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands is a non-profit environmental and educational organization that encourages public use of the islands, balanced with the need to protect their fragile ecosystem and historic environment. Our diverse membership provides services to the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area through volunteer programs, public education and advocacy efforts.

"The Volunteers and Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands Inc. evolved out of the efforts of the Boston Harbor Islands Volunteer Corps. The Corps was organized in 1979 by Suzanne Gall Marsh to supplement the program services of the Boston Harbor Islands State Park staff".

Forum Network: Lecture on Rainsford Island: Resort to Reformatory:

May 14, 2003
Ellen Berkland Boston City Archeologist
Elizabeth Carella curator, Archives for Historical Documentation
"Ellen P. Berkland, Boston City Archeologist, and Elizabeth Carella, Curator of Photography, present how one archeological field season and extensive documentary research shed light on the fascinating history of Rainsford Island.

"From a farm, summer resort, quarantine hospital, almshouse and a boy's reformatory to eventually an abandoned 11 acres, Rainsford Island in Boston Harbor has served many since its 1636 occupation by Edward Rainsford. This slide lecture reviews the archeological and historic evidence and examines the ways in which the island has served the marginalized populations of Boston for decades".

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