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Historic New England and BSA Space showcase the rich history of Boston's Haymarket

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BOSTON – Haymarket, Boston’s centuries-old open-air food market, has weathered economic downturns, the advent of the supermarket, and massive construction projects like the Big Dig. For most of the twentieth century, Italian produce vendors lined Blackstone Street. Today the market reflects the city’s changing population and includes Halal butchers, artisanal cheese mongers, and fruit sellers, with vendors and customers from South America, the Middle East, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Photography Exhibition
Haymarket, the Soul of the City
, is on view at BSA Space, Boston, from September 15 - October 30, 2016. 

The exhibit presents forty photographs by Justin Goodstein from the four seasons at Haymarket, which has served a constant stream of longtime residents, newly arrived immigrants, students, and tourists since the first half of the nineteenth century.

While the exhibition is on display, experience the history of Haymarket with music, imagery, and interviews with several vendors and customers. Haymarket, a documentary film produced by Historic New England and directed by Justin Goodstein, discusses the history of Haymarket and its role in Boston today. Enjoy images of the pushcarts and shops, and interviews with workers and customers that document the market’s history, changes over time, daily life, and challenges. 

Special Tour
Ken Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions for Historic New England, leads a special Taste of Haymarket tour on October 14. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the market as it opens for the day. Learn about its history, how it has changed over time, visit vendors, and sample fruits and vegetables, cheese, and pizza.

About Historic New England’s Everyone’s History Initiative
Haymarket is part of Historic New England’s Everyone’s History series, which shares stories of life in New England from the twentieth century and beyond. Historic New England partners with communities and organizations throughout the region to collect these stories. The initiative has explored early aviation, African American tourist destinations, how volunteers preserve Vermont’s Long Trail, Rhode Island’s trap fishermen and women, and how fried clams became a favorite summertime treat. Everyone’s History projects include award-winning documentary films, interviews, online exhibitions, photo galleries, and more.

Media Contact: Susanna Crampton,

Historic New England and BSA Space showcase the rich history of Boston's Haymarket