Wednesday, September 07, 2016
The Launch of the “New Saturday Club” A Literary History Celebration and Re-Creation at The Omni Parker House Hotel Kennedy Room
The Launch of the “New Saturday Club” A Literary History Celebration and Re-Creation
at The Omni Parker House Hotel Kennedy Room followed by Parker’s Bar Saturday, September 17, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Program • Brief Introduction of the New Saturday Club • Presentation by Susan Wilson, Official House Historian for the Omni Parker House, on the original Saturday Club and its literary members
• Group discussion of literary conversation then and now at Parker’s Bar Advisory Committee: William F. Bagley (Director Of Development, St. Mark’s School); Joe Bergin (Poet); Sam Cornish (Boston Poet Laureate Emeritus); Danielle Legros Georges (Boston Poet Laureate); Tom Johnston (Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture); Susan Wilson (House Historian, Omni Parker House).
The Original Saturday Club: “Founded by Harvey D. Parker in 1855, the Omni Parker House is the oldest of Boston’s elegant inns and the longest continuously operating hotel in the United States. It was here where the brightest lights of America’s Golden Age of Literature—writers like Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Longfellow—regularly met for conversation and conviviality in the legendary nineteenth-century Saturday Club.” —Excerpted from Heaven, By Hotel Standards: The History of the Omni Parker House by House Historian Susan Wilson
SUSAN WILSON, the official House Historian of the Omni Parker House, is an award-winning photographer, writer, educator, and lecturer whose stories and images about the arts, entertainment, history, and culture regularly appeared in the Boston Globe from 1978 to 1996. In 1994, she began writing and photographing books on Boston history, including Boston Sites and Insights, The Literary Trail of Greater Boston, Garden of Memories: A Guide to Historic Forest Hills, and Heaven, By Hotel Standards: The History of the Omni Parker House. Susan has long been a consultant to and member of a variety of historic organizations in Boston, including The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Old South Association, The National Park Service, Boston By Foot, Forest Hills Educational Trust, The Dimock Center, and the City of Boston. She was project director for both Harborwalk signage and the Maritime Museum at Battery Wharf.
Free Donations welcome for future honoraria. Food and drink at Parker’s Bar not included. RSVP and more information, Joe Bergin: email@example.com or 617-834-7631. 60 School Street, Boston, 02108 Paid Parking available • Near State Street and Government Center Stations