Boston History

A project by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Students at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, working with history professor Ella Howard, share their research with the public here. Boston History is powered by Omeka + Curatescape.

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The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest private library institutions in America. It was founded in 1807, and it grew out of a slightly earlier organization known as the Anthology Society which had…

April 5, 1904, one year after the death of it’s founder, Arioch Wentworth, Wentworth Institute would be chartered as a school for the “mechanical arts.” Located at the intersection of the…

Born in a small town on the southern coast of Finland, Eero Saarinen emigrated to Michigan in the 1920s and was raised by his father Eliel, an architect, and mother Loja, a textile artist. Educated…

Charles Bulfinch was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1763 to Thomas and Susan Bulfinch. Charles was sent to Harvard and graduated in 1781. However, no profession seemed to interest him during war…