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ourmarathon:

There are stars up above

So far away we only see the light

Long, long after the star itself is gone 

And so it is with people that we love - 

Their memories keep shining ever brightly,

Though their time with us is done.

But the stars that light up the darkest night,

These are the lights that guide us

As we live our days, these our the ways we remember. 

- Mishkar

Card from Cedar Ridge High School. View more cards in the Letters to the City of Boston collection here

Haymarket, 1969 January, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, City of Boston Archives.
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Haymarket, 1969 January, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, City of Boston Archives.

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Street in Boston near Blackstone Street, circa 1915-1940,  Public Works Department photograph collection (Collection #5000.009)
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Street in Boston near Blackstone Street, circa 1915-1940,  Public Works Department photograph collection (Collection #5000.009)

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Our first trip to the City of Boston Archives was very successful!

We loved having the Civil Rights and Educational Equity JBS class doing research at the Archives earlier this month - and they’re back in our reading room today!







North Bennett Street looking north towards Salem Street, circa 1920,   Boston Landmarks Commission image collection, (Collection #5210.004) City of Boston Archives


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North Bennett Street looking north towards Salem Street, circa 1920,   Boston Landmarks Commission image collection, (Collection #5210.004) City of Boston Archives

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Letter from Charles Beck for the use of the Franklin School House in which to hold a school for German Children, Docket 1860-0015-E1, 1860 July 23  (Collection #0100.001)

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Boston, July 23, 1860

To the Board of Aldermen of the City of Boston,

Gentlemen,

A little more than a year ago, a German school was opened and has since then been maintained partly by voluntary contributions, partly by the tuition-money paid by the parents. The expenses, including the rent of a house for more than $800, are so great that the continuance of the school is endangered by pecuniary difficulties. This danger could be removed and the success and prosperity of the school secured, if the school were relieved from the expense of rent. For this reason, the School Committee requests most respectfully that the use of the unoccupied portion of the Franklin Schoolhouse be granted to this school, on such conditions and under such restrictions as your honorable body may deem expedient.

From the growing popularity of the school among the German population, the number of pupils having in a few months increased from sixty to one hundred and thirty, it is hoped that after some time the school may be wholly supported by the revenue arising from tuition money.

To prevent any misapprehension with regard to the object fo the school, we beg…to observe that it is not the wish and still less the intention of the parents and others who have taken an active interest in the enterprise to maintain and cherish a distinct nationality. Nothing is farther from their mind. They simply wish to provide for the difficult, and in some respects, dangerous period of the transition from one condition to another, endangering especially the moral welfare of their children and thus the wellbeing of the entire community.

Hoping that you will grant a favorable consideration to this petition, we remain with great respect,

your obedient servants,

Charles Beck for the School Committee






Committee on Alien Passengers weekly report, 1847 November 10, Committee on Alien Passenger records,  (Collection #00140.011)
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Committee on Alien Passengers weekly report, 1847 November 10, Committee on Alien Passenger records,  (Collection #00140.011)

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Docket 1827-0041-F1,  1826 June 19,City Council proceedings (Collection #0100.001)
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City of Boston
In Common Council June 19, 1826

Ordered that M… Dorr, James, & Baie… with such as the board of Aldermen may join be a committee to inquire whether an attempt has been made to alter or amend the City Charter without the knowledge and consent of the City Council or of the Inhabitants of said City - and if so what order it is proper for the City Council to take in relation thereto

Sent up for concurrence
John R Adam, Prsident

In the board of Aldermen June 19 1826. read and concurred, Aldermen Lorring & Robbins are joined.

Josiah Quincy
Mayor

Docket 1827-0041-F1,  1826 June 19,City Council proceedings (Collection #0100.001)

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City of Boston
In Common Council June 19, 1826
Ordered that M… Dorr, James, & Baie… with such as the board of Aldermen may join be a committee to inquire whether an attempt has been made to alter or amend the City Charter without the knowledge and consent of the City Council or of the Inhabitants of said City - and if so what order it is proper for the City Council to take in relation thereto
Sent up for concurrence
John R Adam, Prsident
In the board of Aldermen June 19 1826. read and concurred, Aldermen Lorring & Robbins are joined.
Josiah Quincy
Mayor
Sumner Ferry construction,  1930 August 14, Public Works Department, Bridge & Ferry Division photographs, (Collection #5010.004) City of Boston Archives
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Sumner Ferry construction,  1930 August 14, Public Works Department, Bridge & Ferry Division photographs, (Collection #5010.004) City of Boston Archives

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Boston Harbor, 1978 July, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, City of Boston Archives.
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Boston Harbor, 1978 July, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, City of Boston Archives.

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