Author Anthony Sammarco presents on Jordan Marsh

Author Anthony Sammarco presents on Jordan Marsh

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Author Anthony Sammarco presents on Jordan Marsh
Author Anthony Sammarco
Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store
Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm

Tickets: $20 | $10 Student (Ticket link coming soon!)

Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store

Founded in 1851 by Eben Dyer Jordan and Benjamin Lloyd Marsh, Jordan Marsh opened their first store selling linen, silk, calicos, ribbons and assorted dry goods to Victorian Bostonians. Following the Civil War, the store moved from Pearl Street to Winthrop Square and later to Washington Street between Summer and Avon Streets where in its new five story building, designed by Bradlee, Winslow & Wetherell, they unveiled the novel concept of “department shopping” under one roof.

From the late 19th century onward, Jordan Marsh was to offer a selection of goods that offered such things as clothing, furniture, children’s toys and a plethora of other goods that attracted shoppers six days a week. The store offered personal service, with the adage that the customer is always right, easy credit, art exhibitions, and musical performances. It soon became a treasured part of life for shoppers who went to town, especially during the holiday season with The Enchanted Village of Saint Nicholas. By 1951 Jordan Marsh had expanded to the suburbs with its first store at Shopper’s World
in Framingham and by the 1970’s it was the largest chain in New England.

Many people mourned when Jordan Marsh was sold, and the Macy’s name went up on Jordan Marsh stores in 1995. Come hear about its fascinating history as Boston’s first department store by the author of the upcoming history of this once important department store.

Jordan EV City photo

About Anthony Sammarco

Anthony Mitchell Sammarco is a noted historian and author of over sixty books on the history and development of Boston, and he lectures widely on the history and development of his native city. He majored in history at the UMass Boston College of Liberal Arts.

Sammarco commenced writing in 1995, and his books The History of Howard Johnson’s: How A Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became a Roadside Icon, Dorchester and The Baker Chocolate Company:A Sweet History have made the bestsellers list. Boston’s Back Bay in the Victorian Era, Dorchester: Volume II, Dorchester Then & Now, Boston’s North End (and Il North End di Boston in Italian) and the Great Boston Fire of 1872, are among his perennially popular books.

Since 1997, Mr. Sammarco has taught history at the Urban College of Boston, where he was named educator of the year in 2003 and where he serves on the Leadership Council. His course “Boston’s Immigrants” was developed especially for the Urban College and its multicultural and diverse student base, and his book Boston’s Immigrants was written to highlight the diversity of the city and is used in his course.

He has received the Bulfinch Award from the Doric Dames of the Massachusetts State House and the Washington Medal from Freedom Foundation and was named Dorchester town historian by Raymond L. Flynn, mayor of Boston, for his work in history.

He was elected a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, is a member of the Boston Author’s Club and is a proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum. In his volunteer work, he is a director of the Victorian Society, New England Chapter, and a trustee of the Forest Hills Cemetery Educational Trust. He is past president of the Bay State Historical League and the Dorchester Historical Society.

He lives in Boston and in Osterville on Cape Cod.

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