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Last updated: 5/11/18

Uncovering Boston's history videos

We launched a video series highlighting Boston’s history.

In our new video series, “Boston Uncovered,” we’ll be taking a look at different, unique pieces from Boston’s history and getting the perspective from the City’s resident experts. Thanks to a wealth of records and artifacts, we hope to showcase compelling stories that would otherwise have remained hidden.

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2018 videos

Civil War records from Dorchester
In the 1860s, many of Boston's residents joined the Union Army. Here's a look at Civil War recruiting records from Dorchester.
Record found at Malcolm X's house
The City's Archaeology Team discovered a completely intact record at Malcolm X's house. Naturally, they played it.
Broken dolls at the Industrial School for Girls
Smashed dolls found at the school indicate the girls were rebelling against being trained as domestic servants.
Spike shot cannonball found in Charlestown
It's small but powerful – believed to have taken part in some serious damage during the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Eustis Street Fire House
The Eustis Street Fire House was built for the Town of Roxbury in 1859 – it's now the oldest remaining firehouse building in Boston.
No taxation without representation
In 1850, Mary Littlehale wrote to Boston's Board of Alderman wondering why she should have to pay taxes when she can't even vote.
The Learned and Industrious Fleas
In the 1830s, a request is made to put on a show in Boston called The Learned and Industrious Fleas.
Roxbury Puddingstone
Roxbury Puddingstone underlies most of Roxbury. It inspired a poem from Oliver Wendell Holmes about its fantastical origin.
Digitizing history
The Boston Public Library is digitizing around 8,000 negatives taken by Boston press photographers from the 1930s through the 1960s.
Benjamin Franklin, Boston native
Before Before Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father of the United States, he was living and learning in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sifting through history
The archaeology team was at the Pierce-Hichborn site in May, digging up dirt and sifting through artifacts.
Revolutionary War artifacts
A look at Boston artifacts from the Revolutionary War, including a brick from the powder house, musket ball, gunflint, and cannonball.
Native American artifacts
A look at Native American artifacts from 400 to 1,000 years ago.
Seaport shipwreck
Unraveling the mystery of a shipwreck found in the Seaport.
Tax records
A look at one of the biggest collections in the City of Boston Archives: tax records.
Abandoned subway tunnel under City Hall
For the first time since it closed in the 1960s, the abandoned subway tunnel under City Hall Plaza was opened to the public on May 21, 2018.
300 years of artifacts found in the North End
The City's Archaeology team spent some time at the Pierce-Hichborn site, digging through 300 years of artifacts.
Rare find at the Pierce-Hichborn house
An artifact with King William III's face on it found during a dig in the North End.
City Hall groundbreaking
A look back at the 1963 groundbreaking of City Hall.
Dorchester School for Girls
For much of its history, the Dorchester School for Girls was occupied by up to 30 girls age 6-15.
North Street petition
Paul Revere and North Street residents band together to fight a sewer issue.
Ceramics from Puritan Boston
A look at ceramics from around the world uncovered in Boston.
Women's voting registry
A look at the voting records from 1920, when women were granted the right to vote.
300-year-old gravestone found
Hear the story of a 300-year-old gravestone found during a construction project in Boston.

Uncovering Boston's history

It’s no secret Boston is rich with history. From the American Revolution to the site of the very first public school, it’s a city with stories to tell.

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