Historian Robert Allison will kick off the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 90th Anniversary year-long celebration at its May 21 Annual Meeting with an engaging talk on “90 Years of Civic Engagement on Beacon Hill.”
Allison holds both a MA and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, chairs the history department at Suffolk University, and teaches at both Suffolk and at the Harvard University Extension School. One of his most popular courses is “Boston: The Heritage of a City,” a course enjoyed by many Beacon Hillers. He has authored a wide range of books and publications including The Boston Tea Party (2007), The Boston Massacre (2006), and A Short History of Boston (2004). Allison is a Fellow with the Massachusetts Historical Society, vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and a frequent lecturer with the Bostonian Society and the Adams National Historic Site, among other organizations.
Also on the Annual Meeting agenda is a vote on a proposed by-law amendment, the election of officers and board members, and the presentation of the sixteenth annual Beacon Award. The award which is presented to an individual or group deserving of particular recognition for their significant and sustained contribution to the Beacon Hill community.
The election of 25 residents to serve as members and officers of the BHCA board of directors will take place at the meeting. Those present will also be asked to vote on a proposed amendment to clarify that spouses or domestic partners in non-individual membership categories are entitled to vote at a meeting of ‘members.’ An explanation of the change and the specific by-law changes are on www.bhcivic.org.
Friends and neighbors are invited to attend the Annual Meeting and to join together for a reception immediately following on Monday, May 21, at the Union Club, 8 Park Street. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and guests are encouraged to allow extra time to check in so that the meeting can start promptly at 6 p.m.