Hyde Park, Massachusetts

Robert Hannan, president emeritus of the Hyde Park Historical Society sadly passed away at the age of 97 years.


Hannan, Robert Francis Sr. In Boston, March 9, 2023, at 97 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Nancy Hughes Hannan and loving son of the late Jeremiah and Kathleen (nee Richards) Hannan. He is survived by his five children: Robert F. and his wife Lorrie Clark Hannan of Falls Church, VA.; Dr. Christopher W. and his wife Susan, of Weymouth; Dr. Mary K. and her husband Edmund Yee of Dalton, MA; Nancy L. and her husband Richard Rainer of Annapolis, MD; and Sally T. and her husband Paul Croarkin of Kensington, MD. Proud grandfather to 17 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and devoted brother of the late William F. Hannan and the late Richard D. Hannan. He is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Robert F. Hannan grew up in Medford Hillside and was a graduate of Medford High School, class of 1944. He attended Northeastern University graduating in 1949. He began his career as a reporter for the Boston Herald Traveler. Robert married and moved to Hyde Park in 1959, embracing this community for the next 56 years. He became the Boston City Hall beat reporter, covering mayors Hynes, Collins, and White, before moving to the Massachusetts State House to cover statewide politics. He became the Research Director for the Boston City Council and retired in this role. He was a longtime officer of the Hyde Park Historical Society and the R.O.M.E.O. group for retired political reporters and politicians. He also founded the Companions of St. Joseph's Parish. Robert moved to Allerton House in Hingham in 2015, immersing himself in this community for the last years of his life. Camping throughout America and visiting many countries worldwide highlighted his love of travel. A gentleman in every sense of the word, his character and interest in everyone and everything around him made him an unforgettable friend to so many and a hero to his family.

A wake will be held on March 24, 2023, from 4:00-8:00 PM at the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home 40 Sea Street, NORTH WEYMOUTH, MA. There will be a Catholic Funeral Mass on March 25, 2023, at 10:00 AM at St. Paul's Church, 147 North Street, Hingham, MA. Burial is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's memory may be made to the Hyde Park Historical Society, by using the donate button below or c/o Hyde Park Public Library, 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136.

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Hyde Park Historical Society

The Hyde Park Historical Society was founded in 1887 by Theodore Dwight Weld, an architect of the American abolitionist movement . The society maintains a unique collection of historic publications, images and artifacts dating from before the founding of Hyde Park in 1868. The historical collection is housed in Weld Hall - named after our founder - in the Hyde Park Branch of Boston Public Library.

From the founding of Hyde Park by the twenty associates of Fairmount Hill to the Civil war and the military encampment at Readville, with its story of the 54th and 55th African-American regiments, Hyde Park's early history includes events of national importance and stories of leading abolitionists, temperance activists, and women's rights activists. A cradle of early manufacturing and the industrialization of America, Hyde Park has a rich history and many stories still to tell.

News & Events

Meetings are open to the public. To join the society please go here.

Program Calendar for Saturdays from March to May, 2023. Program flyer here
a. March 18th - Boston Women Heritage Trail – HP Women’s Tour
b. April 16th – The Grimkes, by Greenidge, Book Discussion
c. May 13th – Dr. John D. Warner, State Archivist, Riders in the Storm









Hyde Park Black History Pamphlet

Hyde Park Notable

  • The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment were trained at Camp Meigs in Readville. The 54th was one of the first official African American units in the US armed forces, which saw extensive service in the Union Army during the Civil War. Read Camp Meigs and the 54th
  • Hyde Park played an early role in the advancement of women’s voting rights, when in 1870, 47 Hyde Park women, led by the Grimke sisters, flouted the law of the land and voted in an election—50 years before the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote in 1919. Read 1870 Women's March and Vote


On March 15, 1887, the Hyde Park Historical Society was formed and a constitution was adopted. That constitution defines our mission and the ongoing duty of our members as follows.

The object of this Society shall be the promotion of the study of history with particular reference to that of Hyde Park, the preservation and perpetuation of the memory of persons and events connected with said town and the collection of objects of historic interest. It shall be the duty of members so far as it may be in their power to carry out the objects of the Society by collecting by gift loan or purchase books manuscripts and pictures and by such other suitable means as may from time to time seem expedient.

The Hyde Park Historical Society gained recognition as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization as of March 31, 2021. Donations to the Society are tax deductible.

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    Meetings – meetings of the society are held monthly at the Hyde Park Public Library and are open to all members. To sign-up as a member, please see here.

    Correspondence   please send all correspondence to:

    Hyde Park Historical Society, 35 Harvard Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136 or Email: info@hydeparkhistoricalsociety.org

    Membership of the Hyde Park Historical Society

    The society organizes a series of meetings, typically eight per year, and invites a distinguished guest speaker or a society curator to present on a topic at each meeting. These presentations provide a unique insight into the fascinating story of Hyde Park.

    Society meetings are held at the collection room – Weld Hall in the Hyde Park Public Library – giving members a regular opportunity to view the collection, meet other members, and undertake their own research.

    To acquire a new donor membership of the society or renew a donor membership, please click the appropriate donate button below. Membership donations are $25 per year or $10 for seniors/students, or, $100 for life.


    You can also mail a check to our treasurer (checks payable to Hyde Park Historical Society):

    Hyde Park Historical Society,
    C/O Hyde Park Public Library,
    35 Harvard Ave,
    Hyde Park, MA 02136.

    The Hyde Park Historical Society gained recognition as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization as of March 31, 2021. Donations to the Society are tax deductible.