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In May we welcome
tHOMAS j. wHALEN:
Please join us as we welcome acclaimed author, Thomas J. Whalen, who used the colorful and tumultuous 1960s as a backdrop for his book Spirit of ’67: The Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America.
Spirit of ’67 shows how the Red Sox and Cardinals waged an epic battle for baseball supremacy that captured the imagination of weary Americans looking for escape from the urban riots, racial turmoil, and antiwar protests that were roiling 1960s society. “How many people ever do anything that makes so many people happy?” Sox pitcher Gary Bell asked years later, in reference to their classic autumn clash. The book examines the unique bond that each team had with its own fanbase, going back to each franchise’s chaotic beginning at the turn of the twentieth century. Relating issues of ethnicity, politics, class, and economics, Whalen sets out to reveal the exactly what was at stake in the 1967 fall classic, and how echoes from that unforgettable season still ring through both cities, and American culture, to this day.
Limited seating at the Granite Grill on Monday, May 21, 2018. Get your tickets at the Braintree Historical Society on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 10AM-12PM, call 781-848-1640 to make a reservation or email us at braintreehistoricalevents@ gmail.com. Tickets are $30 each and include dinner. Cash bar is available. Books will be on hand for purchase and autographing.
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Historic Braintree was founded on land first colonized in 1625 by Captain Wollaston, and initially named Mount Wollaston. Under the rule of Thomas Morton it was renamed Merry Mount. The area was resettled and incorporated as the town of Braintree, named after the English town of Braintree in 1640, on land which is now part of the current town of Braintree, from which Randolph, Holbrook, the City of Quincy, and part of Milton were split off.
Braintree is the birthplace to Presidents John Adams (1735-1826), and John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), as well as
statesman John Hancock (1767-1848) and General Sylvanus Thayer (1785-1872) (photograph of his birthplace, The Thayer House, shown above).
Braintree is also the site of the infamous Sacco and Vanzetti murders: Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian-born American anarchists who were wrongly convicted of murdering a guard and a paymaster during the April 15, 1920, armed robbery of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in Braintree, Massachusetts, United States.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts,United States Watson was a bookkeeper and a carpenter before he found a job more to his liking in the Charles Williams machine shop in Boston. He was then hired by Alexander Graham Bell, who was then a professor at Boston University. They were known for the invention of the telephone. Watson resigned from the Bell Telephone Company in 1881 at the age of 27. Using money from his royalties from his participation in the invention of the telephone, Watson first tried his hand at farming. He became a fairly successful traveling Shakespearean actor for a time and then set up his own machine shop. In 1883 Watson founded the Fore River Ship and Engine Building Company.
Photograph of Schooner built by Thomas Watson between 1902 and 1907
He soon began taking bids for building naval destroyers and by 1901 the Fore River Ship and Engine Company was one of the largest shipyards in America. It would later become one of the major shipyards during World War II, after being purchased by Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
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