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SOLD OUT: S.S. Pierce: A Boston Tradition

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow

Members fee ($0) and Non-members fee ($15).

Anthony Sammarco

S.S. Pierce: A Boston Tradition

This lecture is sponsored by the Pearmain Endowment.

When Samuel Stillman Pierce (1807-1880) opened his store, S.S. Pierce, in 1831 at the corner of Tremont and Court Streets in downtown Boston, he vowed "I may not make money, but I shall make a reputation." Pierce was known as the purveyor of fancy goods and potent libations to Victorian Bostonians. He catered to the carriage trade and created a company that would involve four generations of the Pierce Family in its successful operations. With its own coat of arms adorning a distinctive red label on canned goods, and the largest line of privately packed fancy foods in the world, S.S. Pierce sold its delicacies not only through eight New England stores of its own but also through distributors across the United States and by worldwide mail order. Boston Athenæum members John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. were considered celebrity customers at S.S. Pierce.

Anthony Mitchell Sammarco is a noted historian and author of over sixty books on the history and development of Boston, and he lectures widely on the history and development of his native city. Sammarco is employed by Boston-based Payne/Bouchier, Inc. and, since 1997, he has taught history at the Urban College of Boston. For his work in history, he has received the Bulfinch Award from the Doric Dames of the Massachusetts State House, a lifetime achievement award from the Victorian Society New England Chapter and the Washington Medal from Freedom Foundation. He lives in Boston and in Osterville on Cape Cod.

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