The Mass. Memories Road Show is collecting photos and stories of the
September 17, 2010

Folks with photos relating to the Boston Harbor Islands are invited to become a part of Massachusetts history by sharing their photos and stories with a state-wide archive of local history at UMass Boston.

Want to participate?

Take some time to go through your family photo albums and scrapbooks and pick out two or three photographs that are of people, places or events relating to the Boston Harbor Islands. They can be old or new; formal or snapshots; color or black-and-white. They can be photos of you, your children or your ancestors. They can be photos of events, excursions or everyday activities. (Original, unframed photos are best; as are photos in which you can identify the people pictured.)

Bring your photos to the Massachusetts Archives (Columbia Point, Dorchester) on Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. We will scan the photos and immediately return them to you. You will be invited to share a 3-4 minute story about your photographs on camera and take a “keepsake photo” to document your participation in the event. All photos and stories scanned at the event will become part of the UMass Boston digital archive, online at

BHI photo
Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands on Nixes Mate, one of BHI's smaller islands.

BHI map
Boys Ready for Farm Chores on Thompson's Island , ca. 1900.

This is the Mass. Memories Road Show's only event to digitize photos of the Boston Harbor Islands, so come out and make sure your photos and stories are included.

The event is free and open to all.

To download a flyer about the event, click [FLYER]. To register for the event (via Eventbrite), click [REGISTRATION].

Questions? Contact Project Manager Heather Cole at or 617-287-5929.

The Mass. Memories Road Show is a state-wide public history project that documents Massachusetts history through family photos and stories. Our goal is to create a digital portrait of the Commonwealth--in all its rich diversity--for students, scholars, community organizers and residents of the 351 cities and towns that make up our state. We hope this digital portrait will also serve as an education resource for future generations, as the photos, stories and memories contributed today become tomorrow's history.

An initiative of the Massachusetts Studies Project at UMass Boston
Co-sponsored by Mass Humanities
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