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Beacon Hill in the Twentieth Century

Boston, Massachusetts

Beacon Hill in the Twentieth Century
Beacon Hill's Charles Circle, early twentieth century


To most people, the name "Beacon Hill" suggests a place of wealth, privilege, and power. There exists, however, another side to the Hill where one finds equally fascinating stories of immigrants, graduate students, "bohemians," and boarders who called Boston's Beacon Hill their home in the twentieth century. Historic New England partnered with the Vilna Shul, another local cultural organization, to identify and record these less well-known stories of Beacon Hill’s history that are at risk of being lost. We interviewed residents, former residents, staff members of local institutions, and historians about their memories of the neighborhood. These stories, and associated photographs, will be stored in the archives of the Vilna Shul and Historic New England.

For more information, e-mail community engagement at Historic New England.


Vilna Shul

Beacon Hill in the Twentieth Century