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Urban Archipelago: An Environmental History of the Boston Harbor Islands

Presented by Massachusetts Historical Society at Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston MA

Dec 06 2021
Urban Archipelago: An Environmental History of the Boston Harbor Islands

The Boston Harbor Islands have been called Boston's "hidden shores." Previously home to prisons, asylums, and sewage treatment plants, this surprisingly diverse ensemble of islands has existed on the urban fringe over the last four centuries. Pavla Šimková reinterprets the Boston Harbor Islands as an urban archipelago, arguing that they have been an integral part of Boston since colonial days. Drawing on archival sources, historic maps and photographs, and diaries from island residents, she

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