Twilight Talks, Molasses: From the Slave Trade to the Great Flood


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Tuesday, August 14, 5:30 p.m. courtyard reception, 6:00 p.m. talk

Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

Explore the history of drinking and dining in Victorian Boston on Tuesday evenings in August at Otis House. Come early for a reception in the courtyard.

Massachusetts was part of the Triangle Trade, the eighteenth-century world economy. Rum from New England was traded in Africa for enslaved people, who were brought to the West Indies and the Caribbean, where they cultivated sugar cane. The sugar cane was later refined into molasses, which was shipped to New England and often used in the distillation of rum.
In his talk on molasses, historian Anthony Sammarco traces it from the eighteenth century through the teetotalism and abolitionist causes of the nineteenth century, to the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, which became an integral part of the North End of Boston’s history.

Cosponsored with the Victorian Society of America/New England Chapter.

$12 Historic New England and Victorian Society members
$17 nonmembers

Advance tickets recommended. Please call 617-994-5920 or buy online. Victorian Society members must call to receive discount.