Exhibits at the Boston College Libraries

History Department, Stokes Hall

The History Department in Stokes Hall features exhibits collaborated with the Boston College Libraries for the course HS600 Making History Public. The exhibits change each semester.
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Creating Boston Common
The Evolution of America's Oldest Park

January 21 - May 31, 2015

Exhibit Poster

Created and curated by History Department majors, the Spring 2015 Making History Public exhibition illuminates the history of Boston Common over the past four centuries. “Creating Boston Common: The Evolution of America’s Oldest Park” examines the history of this 50-acre site from its occupancy by Massachusett native peoples, to its use as common grazing lands, to its development as a public park. Chronicling the changing uses of urban public space, the exhibition explores the myriad activities of Bostonians who have used the Common to earn a living, wage war, enjoy nature and recreation, and promote a variety of political and religious causes.

Created and curated by History Department majors, the Spring 2015 Making History Public exhibition illuminates the history of Boston Common over the past four centuries. “Creating Boston Common: The Evolution of America’s Oldest Park” examines the history of this 50-acre site from its occupancy by Massachusett native peoples, to its use as common grazing lands, to its development as a public park. Chronicling the changing uses of urban public space, the exhibition explores the myriad activities of Bostonians who have used the Common to earn a living, wage war, enjoy nature and recreation, and promote a variety of political and religious causes.

Exhibit Poster