Were he alive today, Emilie Loring’s father, George Melville Baker, would be on all of the entertainment and talk shows. Funny and eloquent, George could sing, act, and keep an audience in stitches with one-liners and jokes. He was a Boston insider, connected with the movers and shakers of his day: Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, theater players, … More Baseball’s Original Cast: Tallymen, Base Tenders, and Strikers
One hundred fifty years ago, September 5, 1866, at 5 Chardon Street in Boston, Maria Emily Baker was born to George Melville Baker and Emily Frances (Boles) Baker. If there were an “On the Day You Were Born” greeting card back then, it could have included some of these… “Here are the headlines on the … More Happy 150th Birthday, Emilie Loring!
If Emilie had climbed the Park Street Church tower in 1872 and looked west, past the Boston Common, she would have seen a view like this one. In the near ground is the Public Garden. On the left is the Arlington Street Church, the Church of the Covenant towers behind on Newbury Street, and Commonwealth Avenue … More When the best stories are both new and old
What is it about lighthouses that so captures our imaginations? I have loved them since I was a kid, and I grew up in Arizona. The first lighthouse I saw in person was at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina when I was seven, and I already loved them. That was because my sisters and I had seen … More Thrill to the Romance of Lighthouses
I wish I could take you with me on a walking tour of Boston and point out places that have Emilie Loring background stories. But I’ve figured out a shortcut: Boston’s Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail wanders through old Boston with seventeen stops to view historic sites. You can go with a guide or … More Each Stop on the Freedom Trail is a Memory
Independence Day, the Fourth of July: a day of concerts, fireworks, cookouts and family gatherings. It’s one of the most celebratory of days, and whether or not we consciously think about its origin in the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the day is given over to celebrations of the American spirit. Families who trace … More Happy Independence Day with a Glance at History
The first time I visited Boston, I stayed at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on Arlington Street, a bit south of the Public Garden. An elegant affair from yesteryear, it had the right atmosphere for discovering “all things Emilie”–uniformed doormen, plush carpets, chandeliers, and afternoon tea served daily. It felt right. After exploring … More Then and Now in the Boston that Emilie Loved