Week 1


In March, we HONOR Legacy, CELEBRATE Community, and EMBRACE promise with Hibernian Hall!

This week we will travel back in time and HONOR the Legacy of historic Hibernian Hall.

The History of Hibernian Hall

After the Irish residents began moving out of Roxbury, the building went through a period of change. It became the headquarters for the Opportunities Industrialization Center, an international job-training program. Then, for a decade, it sat unoccupied and falling into disrepair. Hibernian Hall was purchased by Madison Park Development Corporation in 2000. It was fully restored to its original grandeur and reopened in 2005.

Hibernian Hall remains a wonderful gathering place for music, dance, and theater – reflecting the diversity of cultures in the area. It continues to serve as a destination for arts and culture in the heart of Roxbury’s Nubian Square. Check out this video from the 100th Anniversary of Hibernian Hall:

 


What better way to CELEBRATE the legacy of Hibernian Hall than to talk about the time capsule found there in 2013?
In 2013, a time capsule was found in a cornerstone of Hibernian Hall – coincidentally during HH’s 100th Anniversary year.
The capsule contained documents of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; a certificate for $100,000 worth of stock in the Hibernian Building Association; a book on early aviation; a postcard from the Harriman Aeromobile Company, an aviation firm that had offices in the Financial District; and three 1913 newspapers, including the May 30 issue of the Boston American, with a story on the establishment of the hall.
These scanned documents are 108 YEARS OLD! 😮
Read this great article from The Boston Globe to learn more!

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Here is a photo of the Hibernian Hall time capsule fabricator in Mattapan sealing up the capsule in a brand new box in December 2015. What a LEGACY!
Thank you Dillon & Martha for the photo!