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
It has long been said that the requisite possessions of every true Bostonian are a Boston Bag, a subscription to the Transcript and a high moral purpose. Emilie Loring walked each morning from her home on Beacon Hill to the fifth floor of the Boston Athenaeum where she wrote. She brought her materials with her–rough draft, … More That Most Excellent Accessory, The Boston Bag
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
Boston features prominently in Emilie Loring’s life and stories, so it’s no wonder that the city weaves its way into a lot of my posts about “all things Emilie.” But we haven’t yet taken a proper tour, so let’s get started! Perhaps you have only a short day to spend, and you want to get a feel … More Enjoy a Day in Emilie’s Boston Neighborhood