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Boston City Hall: Two Wentworth/Curley Exhibits Now Open to the Public through March 31

BOSTON – In honor of the centennial of the building of the former mayor’s mansion at 350 The Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain, Wentworth Institute of Technology is featuring an exhibition of work produced by students enrolled in a Media, Culture, and Communications Studies course titled Digital Approaches to Boston Culture: Curating the Legacy of Mayor James Michael Curley (http://studio.wit-mccs.org/curleyproject/).

Download the official press release here:
Wentworth Curley Exhibit press release.

A poster exhibit, showcasing curatorial concepts for a digital/virtual house museum, is now on display in the Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery until March 31, 2015. The Gallery is located on the 2nd floor near the South Elevators. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 2nd floor.

Glass display case right outside the door to Mayor Walsh's office
Glass display case right outside the door to Mayor Walsh’s office

A companion exhibit of Curley-related projects and artifacts is currently featured in a glass display case located in the lobby / reception area of the Mayor’s office, located on the 5th floor of City Hall. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 5th floor, follow signs to Mayor’s Office.

Glass Display Case located in the Lobby of Mayor's Office
Glass Display Case located in the Lobby of Mayor’s Office

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Items in the display case include:

-a computer screen with a video demonstrating the 3D laser scan of 350 The Jamaicaway created by Feldman Land Surveyors

Feldman Website 1 copyhttp://feldmansurveyors.com/the-curley-house/

-prints of newly uncovered photographs of Curley, courtesy of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society
JPHS Photo Credits-Curley’s top hat, with name stitched in the hatband; a  wooden plaque reading “Mayor James Curley, Mayor of the Poor;”  a scrapbook of photos and news clippings documenting the death of Curley’s daughter, Mary; an “In Memorium” scrapbook with photographs documenting the death of Curley’s son, James M. Curley, Jr., courtesy of the Boston City Archives

Curley-Top-Hat-prints of photographs of Curley and his top hat, courtesy of the Boston Public Library

BPL Curley Photo Credits 1BPL Curley Photo Credits 2-Curley memorabilia, including “Curley for Governor” sheet music and a Tammany Club Reunion program, courtesy of Gerry Burke (Doyle’s Cafe).
Gerry Burke Collection_Credits

 

Gerry Burke and Fred Sullivan: Remembering James Michael Curley

On Thursday, July 24, Gerry Burke, owner / proprietor of Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain, and Fred Sullivan, retired City of Boston District 9 Fire Chief, visited both sections of MCCS Studio: Digital Approaches to Boston Culture.   Gerry and Fred, long-time Boston residents, shared their personal memories of James Michael Curley as well as their first-hand knowledge of Boston history and politics.

Burke-Sullivan Photos Burke-Sullivan Photos 2 Burke-Sullivan Photos 6

Relevant links:

“James Michael Curley; A Lasting Hurrah”
By Gerry Burke (Jamaica Plain Historical Society)
http://www.jphs.org/people/2007/3/10/james-michael-curley-a-lasting-hurrah.html

Doyle’s History Talk by Gerry Burke (Jamaica Plain Historical Society):
http://www.jphs.org/20thcentury/doyles-history-talk-by-gerry-burke.html

Boston Journal: At Doyle’s Cafe, a Sign Of the Mayoral Times
By Sara Rimer (October 31, 1993)
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/10/31/us/boston-journal-at-doyle-s-cafe-a-sign-of-the-mayoral-times.html