NAVY LIFE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: 1900-1903
The Lost Diary of Roy D. Jones
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER: COPIES SHIP ON AUGUST 10
In 1900 a servant to a well-to-do Waltham family, enlisted in the United States Navy. For three years, the young sailor, Roy D. Jones, traveled the world, from Boston to China and back again. In this lost diary, Jones recounts his first year at sea, telling hilarious, unfortunate, and fascinating tales from ports of call, from Tangiers to Barbados. Abrupt in its ending, and never completed, Jones' diary is nonetheless an engrossing, unparalleled window into the rough and tumble United States Navy at the turn of the twentieth century.
This edition, which is slightly modified with punctuation for ease of reading, contains illustrations and images from the original diary.
Lorenz Finison discusses
BOSTON'S CYCLING CRAZE, 1880-1900: A STORY OF RACE, SPORT, AND SOCIETY
Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 PM | RSVP Here (Free and Not Required)
From 1877 to 1896, the popularity of bicycles increased exponentially, and the Boston Area (especially Waltham) was in on it from the start. The Boston Bicycle Club was the first in the nation, and the city's cyclists formed the nucleus of a new national organization, the League of American Wheelmen. The sport was becoming a craze, and Massachusetts had the largest per capita membership in the league in the 1890s and the largest percentage of women members. Several prominent cycling magazines were published in Boston, making cycling a topic of press coverage and a growing cultural influence as well as a form of recreation.
Join us for an evening with Lorenz Finison, whose fascinating new book explores the remarkable rise of Boston cycling through the lives of several participants, including Kittie Knox, a biracial twenty-year-old seamstress who challenged the color line; Mary Sargent Hopkins, a self-proclaimed expert on women's cycling and publisher of The Wheelwoman; and Abbot Bassett, a longtime secretary of the League of American Wheelman and a vocal cycling advocate for forty years.
Parking is free after 6 PM, available directly behind Back Pages Books in numbered spaces at the Crescent Street Municipal Parking Lot. Back Pages is also bicycle, bus, and train accessible (and of course, by BIKE!)