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Another visit from Curley’s Stepson, Richard Dennis

On Thursday, March 19, James Michael Curley’s 89-year-old stepson, Richard Dennis, visited Wentworth’s MCCS Studio for the fourth consecutive semester.    Mr. Dennis actually lived in the Curley house at 350 The Jamaicaway and is one of the foremost proponents of saving and preserving the house as a historical site.   He will be joining us at Boston City Hall on Tuesday, March 24 for a special reception connected to Wentworth Institute of Technology’s exhibition of work produced by students enrolled in the MCCS Studio course Digital Approaches to Boston Culture: Curating the Legacy of Mayor James Michael Curley.

(Globe File photo http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/01/03/curleys_people/)
Richard Dennis and the number 5 license plate he inherited from Mayor James Michael Curley
Richard Dennis and the number 5 license plate he inherited from Mayor James Michael Curley

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Curley Still Making Headlines in 2015!

The photograph below appeared in the LIFESTYLE section of the MARCH 13, 2015 BOSTON GLOBE:

Mayor James Michael Curley in the Evacuation Day Parade

By Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite  GLOBE STAFF MARCH 13, 2015                                   Mayor James Michael Curley, dressed in his raccoon coat, receives flowers from Mrs. Betty Cherry during South Boston’s traditional Evacuation Day parade on March 17, 1947. Mayor Curley’s wife, Gertrude, is sitting to his left in a smart green hat with a pink ribbon, and Edward J. “Knocko” McCormack is in front in his Yankee Division uniform. The parade originally commemorated the day the British left Boston on March 17, 1776; now it also honors St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. .
ED FARRAND/GLOBE STAFF/FILE
http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/03/13/mayor-james-michael-curley-evacuation-day-parade/1UQ3jAhRv3FTnCKNo4QJ6H/story.html#skip-target1

 

 

 

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