Author Talk: Dr. Ali Merritt – Disunion Among Ourselves

Saturday, June 10, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Weld Hall, Hyde Park Library.

Disunion Among Ourselves: The Perilous Politics of the American Revolution.

Dr. Eli Merritt discusses his new book Disunion Among Ourselves: The Perilous Politics of the American Revolution.

Merritt reveals the deep political divisions that almost tore the Union apart during the American Revolution.

Dr. Eli Merritt is on faculty at Vanderbilt University. He has written for the LA Times, NY Times, USA Today, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The American Journal of Legal History and other publications.

CBS Boston: Hyde Park Historical Society honors medical pioneer Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

CBS News and WBZ reporter Levin Reid and the Society’s Victoria Gall discuss the pioneering work of Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler. This news report was featured on CBS News on March 27, 2023.

Additional resources on Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Historic Boston Inc. Campaign Raises Funds to Commemorate Dr. Rebecca Crumpler, African-American Female Physician

Boston University. Boston Honors Trailblazing School of Medicine Alum Rebecca Lee Crumpler (MED 1864)

Boston University. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first Black woman to graduate from a US medical school

Robert Hannan Obituary

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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