Wednesday, May 09, 2018 6:00p -
141 Cambridge Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Lectures & Conferences, LGBT
The life of George Nixon Black was exceptional for a gay man in the nineteenth century. He was Boston's largest taxpayer but had little interest in civic affairs. His dining room overlooked Boston Common yet he never entertained. His great privilege contrasted with his awareness that his sexual orientation represented a danger. His happiness is remarkable and his secrecy understandable. While Black was probably content to slip unnoticed into history, Kragsyde, his house at Lobster Cove, had no such fate. Now demolished, it was adored by architects and scholars and appeared in many publications from the time it was built in 1883.
Historic New England and the History Project welcome author Jane Goodrich for a special talk on this elusive Boston bachelor and the two great loves of his life: Frank Crowninshield and Charles Brooks Pitman. Discover how Black managed to live a successful life for which nineteenth-century society had no template. Learn more about Kragsyde, the house that sheltered and shaped him, and continued to tell his story long after both were gone. Reception starts at 6:00 p.m., lecture starts at 6:30 p.m.
Advance tickets required. Please call 617-994-6679.