Reliving Our History: A Night at the Union Club

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We had a great time last night at the Union Club in Boston. Founder Henry Lee gave a wonderful speech thanking everyone who has contributed to the Friends since its creation, including those who have passed away. He gave shout outs to everyone, from Parks Department personnel, to the contractors who take care of the trees and sculptures that make these places so special.

He reminded everyone that “park care ebbs and flows. With the economy as it is today and the drastic cuts endured by the Parks Department, we have entered another ebbing time for parks and non-profits alike.  But all is not dark.  The expertise in the Parks Department has never been better, and a little celebration at this time may do us all good.”

In a room overlooking the Boston Common, we watched our story unfold right before our eyes with a film created by students and faculty at Emerson College narrated by well-known Boston radio personality Robin Young. This touching retelling of our history brought tears to the eyes of many in the room.

After the movie, we had a wine and cheese reception where guests mingled and shared stories of the parks. Free copies of the movie and The Friends at 40, a book on the history of this incredible organization, were given as gifts to all. Henry even signed some copies for a lucky few!

As we look back on what we’ve accomplished, we also want to look forward to the future. We hope to expand our membership  and raise additional  funds to enhance these spaces so that the Public Garden, Boston Common, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall can truly be the heart of the city. Please visit our membership page. Also, get ready for Brewer Fountain pins, Duckling Day, Making History Day, and more happenings sponsored by the Friends of the Public Garden!

Want more? Here’s the coverage from Beacon Hill Patch!

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