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Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store

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Forsyth Chapel - Forest Hills Cemetery

95 Forest Hills Avenue

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

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FHET welcomes author and historian Anthony Sammarco
for a lecture and book signing event


Jordan Marsh: New England's Largest Store


Founded in 1851 by Eben Dyer Jordan and Benjamin L. Marsh, Jordan Marsh opened their first store on Milk Street in Boston selling linen, silk, calicos, ribbons and assorted dry goods to Victorian Bostonians. Following the Civil War, the store moved to Winthrop Square and later to Washington Street where, in its new five story store, they unveiled the novel concept of "department shopping" under one roof.


From the late 19th century on, Jordan Marsh offered a selection of goods such as clothing, furniture, children’s toys and a plethora of other delights that attracted shoppers six days a week. The store offered personal service with the adage that the customer is always right, easy credit, art exhibitions, and musical performances. It soon became a treasured part of life for shoppers who went to town, especially during the holidays with The Enchanted Village of Saint Nicholas. By 1951 Jordan Marsh expanded to the suburbs with its first store at Shopper’s World in Framingham, and by the 1970’s it was the largest chain in New England. Many people mourned when Jordan Marsh was sold and the Macy's name went up on the stores in 1995.

The Jordans (both founder and his son) and the Mitton Family, all buried at Forest Hills, would serve as presidents of the department store from 1851 to 1971.

Come hear about the fascinating past of Boston’s first department store by the author of the upcoming history of this once important institution. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Books will be available to purchase from the author for $22



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- What are the transportation/parking options?

Visit the FHC website at
www.foresthillscemetery.com/hours-directions
for best directions.
Free parking is available on Forest Hills Avenue.
Easily accessible from the Forest Hills Orange Line
T station by a short walk up Tower Street.

- Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Helpful, but not required.
We can check your name off the registration list
at the beginning of the lecture.

- How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please call 617-524-0128 or
email inquiries@foresthillscemetery.com

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