Belmont Historical Society Presents

Productions pertaining to the Belmont Historical Society

Most Recent Episode BHS Varsity Boys Basketball: Marauders vs Lexington 12/14/18

Camera Operator: Chet Messer


BHS Varsity Boys Basketball: Marauders vs Lexington 12/14/18

Camera Operator: Chet Messer

The War To End All Wars: Armistice Centennial In Belmont: 11/11/18

A short documentary about the Belmont Historical Society's WWI exhibit and Belmont's role in the Great War featuring in depth discourse on the Yankee Division by historian and former Belmont selectman Dan Leclerc. Includes images of the Belmont Historical Society's WWI exhibit and an interview with selectmen chair Adam Dash about his gift of WWI memorabilia to the Society.

Belmont Historical Society Presents:: Annual Meeting 05/16/18

Presentation by Joe Cornish on Belmont's historic preservation efforts. Historic house plaques presented.

Belmont Historical Society Presents:: Terry Ann Knopf 04/23/18

Former TV critic, journalist, and author Terry Ann Knopf talks about the early days of Boston television. There are some 200 local TV markets in the country, but only one — Boston — was the site of a “Golden Age” of local programming

Belmont Historical Society Presents: 11/05/17

Jordan Marsh: Boston's First Department Store, a presentation by author Anthony Sammarco.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: Annual Meeting 05/17/17

Belmont Historical Society Annual Meeting 2017 includes the Election of Officers and Directors for 2017-2018, Award of Historic House Plaques, Presentation of David R. Johnson Historic Preservation Awards
and a special presentation: Recollections on Historic Preservation by Roger Webb. A distinguished historic preservationist, Webb shared recollections from his more than 50-year career in preservation projects in Belmont, Cambridge, Boston, and New Bedford. His most notable projects include the conversion and reuse of the old Boston City Hall and the restoration of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston. Roger was the founder and is the Chairman Emeritus of the Architectural Heritage Foundation (AHF) based in Boston.

Belmont Historical Society welcomed James C. O’Connell, author of Dining Out in Boston. O’Connell treated Belmontonians to a fascinating look at more than two centuries of culinary trends in Boston restaurants, presenting a rich and hitherto unexplored side to the city’s past. Dining Out in Boston shows that the city was a pioneer in elaborate hotel dining, oyster houses, French cuisine, student hangouts, ice cream parlors, the twentieth-century revival of traditional New England dishes, and contemporary locavore and trendy foodie culture.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: Eric Jay Dolin 03/05/17

The Belmont Historical Society welcomes author Eric Jay Dolin. Dolin presents and reads from his latest book “Brilliant Beacons” about the history of America’s lighthouses.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: 02/20/17

History of the Hill-Richardson Family featuring Lydia Ogilby. Also features Angelo Firenze's presentation on Belmont's Veteran's Memorial.

One Book One Belmont, "One Woman, One Vote": 04/12/16

Barbara Berenson speaks on 'One Woman, One Vote: The New Woman and the New Century’, a joint program of the Belmont Historical Society with One Book One Belmont. Presented on April 12, 2016.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: 02/22/16 - Doug Most, The Race Underground

Doug Most speaks about his latest book, The Race Underground which presents the story behind the construction of Boston’s subway, the first in the United States. Produced in February 2016.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: 11/22/15 - Barbara F. Berenson, Boston and the Civil War

Author and scholar Barbara F. Berenson discusses the topics of her book Boston and the Civil War at the Community Room in the Belmont Public Library, 11/22/15.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: Massachusetts Role in the 19th Century China Trade, a presentation by author Doug Stewart

Massachusetts Role in the 19th Century China Trade, a presentation by author Doug Stewart. Filmed at the Belmont Public Library 10/22/2015

Belmont Historical Society Presents: 05/20/15 - Annual Meeting

The Belmont Historical Society held their annual meeting at the Belmont Public Library on 5/20/2015, announcing their new officers for 2015-2016.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: 04/15/15 - Frederick Law Olmstead

Frederick Law Olmstead: Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man.

Gerry Wright presents his one-man show honoring Olmsted’s life and work and providing insights into his passionate vision. He is founder and president of the Friends of Jamaica Pond and has been portraying Frederick Law Olmsted since 2003.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: 03/18/15 - Dan LeClerc, Yankee Division Great War

Belmont Historical Society Presents "The Yankee Division in the Great War", a presentation by historian Dan LeClerc at the Belmont Public Library on March 18th, 2015.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: 02/25/15 - Terry Alan Bragg

McLean Hospital: A Presentation by historian Terry Alan Bragg given at the Belmont Public Library 2/25/15. Camera Operator: Ottavio Forte. Edited by Jeremy Meserve

Belmont Historical Society Presents: Stealing Rembrandts, A Presentation by author Anthony Amore 11/12/14

Stealing Rembrandts, A Presentation by author Anthony Amore. On the night of March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and roamed the Museum’s galleries, stealing 13 works of art including Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” and “A Lady and Gentleman in Black”. This was one of the largest and most notorious art thefts in history and remains unsolved today. Join the Belmont Historical Society for an illustrated lecture by Anthony Amore, Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum where he also serves as chief investigator working to recover the stolen works taken in the infamous 1990 heist. The lecture will cover the true story of art crime, with a discussion of three of history’s most significant art thefts – all of which occurred here in Massachusetts and involved the theft of Rembrandt masterpieces. We will learn about the sorts of people who commit art theft, why they do it, and what becomes of the art.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: 10/26/14 - Belmont Uplands

The Belmont Uplands: A History of the Changing Use of Land and Water.
The transition of the Belmont Uplands from marshland to farmland to forest tells a local story of the changing boundaries between nature and man, and between land and water.
As demands for both human and wildlife habitat rise, and as climate change threatens, the story is not over.

Belmont Historical Society Presents: 09/17/14 - Chaim M. Rosenberg

Francis Cabot Lowell: The Man Who Launched America's Industrial Revolution. Presented by author Chaim M. Rosenberg, a retired Boston psychiatrist, who has written several books on America’s industrial age.