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New Meetup: Girls Night Out of the 1890s @ The Old South Meeting House

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, October 22, 2009 12:45 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Girls Night Out of the 1890s @ The Old South Meeting House

When: November 19,[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.

Girls Night Out of the 1890s
Date: November 19, 2009
Time: 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108

"On a hot July day in 1891, four wealthy women set off for ten days of 'roughing it' on Great Brewster Island and kept a diary of their summer adventure on their ?enchanted isle.? Now in the collection of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, the diary is a window into the lives of 19th century women and a snapshot of a time when the Harbor Islands played a prominent role in the lives of Boston-area residents. Author Stephanie Schorow introduces us to the 'Scribe, Autocrat, Aristocrat and Acrobat' and their delightful get away. 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 noon 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 Great Brewster Island:

"Great Brewster Island is the largest island in Boston's outer harbor at 19 acres of upland and 49 acres of intertidal area. It offers spectacular views of Boston's inner harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and Boston Lighthouse, America's oldest light station. In fact, from Great Brewster's 100 feet high bluffs, one can see four lighthouses.

"While walking the island's trails, a visitor will see a salt marsh, gull breeding grounds and nurseries, the remains of a military bunker and observation post, and the stone wall foundations of summer cottages. Along the shoreline one can investigate tidal pools and, on most days, one can see lobster boats working their traps and several private boats fishing the many rock outcroppings that ring Great Brewster and the other outer islands".

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".

About Stephanie Schorow:

"Stephanie Schorow is a long-time Boston-area reporter and writer. If she's not working on a book project, she's hammering away at articles for a host of publications and institutions, including the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald,, MIT, Harvard and many others. She writes on health issues, history topics and cultural trends. She reviews restaurants for Globe North and music reviews for the Chicago Blues Guide. She also writes and takes photographs for travel features.

"Ms. Schorow is the author of the nonfiction book, The Crime of the Century: How the Brink's Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston, published in February 2008 by Commonwealth Editions.

"Her book on the Boston Harbor Islands, East of Boston: Notes from the Harbor Islands, was published in July 2008 by The History Press.

"Her other books include Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston and The Cocoanut Grove Fire.

"Ms. Schorow was the editor of Boston's Fire Trail: A Walk Through the City's Fire and Firefighting History (2007). She also contributed research and copy to Great New England Storms of the 20th Century and did research for a photo book on Sen. Ted Kennedy, published by the Boston Globe".

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