Partnership of Historic Bostons
Partnership of Historic Bostons

Donations allow the all–volunteer Partnership to continue its free programs.  You will become a Friend of the Partnership of the Historic Bostons for a donation of $35 or more.

WHO WE ARE 


Our Supporters 
People from all over the United States and England are passionate about the seventeenth-century history of the two Bostons.  Here is a picture of a Boston birthday cake being cut at the Boston Public Library by (l to r) Will Holton, Founding President; Judy Cammack, former Mayor of Boston, Lincolnshire and founding member of the PHB and founding chairman of the Historic Bostons Partnership in England; three supporters; and Barry Cotton, PHB Trustee and descendant of John Cotton.
Board of Trustees 

The Partnership’s board of trustees sets policies and organizes programs in order to teach the public about the seventeenth–century Bostons. 

Rose A. Doherty, President

Rose Doherty joined the Partnership in 2004 and served as Treasurer until 2014 when she was elected president.  Before joining the Partnership, she was Assistant Dean and Director of Liberal Arts and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University’s University College.  She has taught at Boston College, Boston Conservatory, and Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, where she was Academic Dean. 

Will Holton, President Emeritus

Will is the founding president of the Partnership, and his guidance for fifteen years made us successful.  He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University.  In 1998 he made a research trip to Boston, Lincolnshire because he was teaching the “Sociology of Boston” course then.  During that visit he developed the idea for the Partnership with the Mayor of Boston, Lincolnshire.  Later that summer he hosted the Mayor of our Mother Town and arranged a meeting with Mayor Menino.  The formal founding of the Partnership occurred late in 1999. 

Ralph Buonopane, Vice–President

            Ralph Buonopane, Founding Member, Vice-President, is a graduate of Boston Latin School (condite MDCXXXV) conceived from the Boston Grammar School, Boston, Lincolnshire. (condite MDLV).  He has developed connections between the two schools, built the PHB exhibits, produced the Charter Day and PHB brochures and maintains the PHB website in addition to contributing to all PHB activities.  Ralph is an Emeritus Associate Professor from Northeastern University, retiring as Department Chair of Chemical Engineering in 2001.

John B. Morrison, Treasurer
Christine Peterson, Clerk
          Chris Peterson joined the Partnership Board while still working at the Boston Public Library and acted as liaison with the Library in her capacity as Coordinator of Community Programs for the BPL.  Upon retirement in 2002 she was asked to stay on the Board and readily agreed.  For the past several years she has been secretary for the Partnership.
Steve Busby, Trustee
            Steve has been a history teacher and is a longtime tour guide in Boston and eastern Massachusetts.  He conceived of and helped develop the Boston Founders Trail Walking Tour for the Partnership.  He provides tours on that trail for groups. 

Judy Cammack, Trustee

Judy is a founding member of the PHB.  She was Mayor of Boston, Lincolnshire, in the 1990s and is the Founding Chairman of the Historic Bostons Partnership in England.  She and her late husband John have graciously hosted many visiting Americans and have attended many of the Boston Charter Day celebrations in Church.  Judy and John are the force behind the Puritan Path at St. Botolph’s Church in Boston.

Stuart Christie, Trustee
Barry Cotton, Trustee    

             

Barry Cotton is the 7th great grandson of Rev. John Cotton, vicar of St. Botolph’s Church, Boston England, teaching elder of the First Church in Boston, Massachusetts and founder of the Boston Latin School.  He joined the Partnership in 2002 after meeting John and Judy Cammack at St. Botolph’s Church in Boston, England, and participating in Boston Charter Day Celebrations in September 2002.  Barry has also served as National Chairman of the Winthrop Society and is a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Mayflower Society and Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

Board of Trustees 
 

Will Holton, President Emeritus

Will is the founding president of the Partnership, and his guidance for fifteen years made us successful.  He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University.  In 1998 he made a research trip to Boston, Lincolnshire because he was teaching the “Sociology of Boston” course then.  During that visit he developed the idea for the Partnership with the Mayor of Boston, Lincolnshire.  Later that summer he hosted the Mayor of our Mother Town and arranged a meeting with Mayor Menino.  The formal founding of the Partnership occurred late in 1999. 

 

Ralph Buonopane, Vice–President

            Ralph Buonopane, Founding Member, Vice-President, is a graduate of Boston Latin School (condite MDCXXXV) conceived from the Boston Grammar School, Boston, Lincolnshire. (condite MDLV).  He has developed connections between the two schools, built the PHB exhibits, produced the Charter Day and PHB brochures and maintains the PHB website in addition to contributing to all PHB activities.  Ralph is an Emeritus Associate Professor from Northeastern University, retiring as Department Chair of Chemical Engineering in 2001.

 

Sarah Stewart, Trustee

           Sarah began her work with the Partnership in 2013, when she co–wrote the Crime and Punishment tour.  She was elected treasurer in 2014 and brings her skill as a communications professional and former head of media and head of editorial at Christian Aid, a leading British aid agency.  She has experience in journalism, web sites, print and digital editorial and branding.  She is currently a freelance writer/editor and researcher.

 

Christine Peterson, Clerk 

Chris Peterson joined the Partnership Board while still working at the Boston Public Library and acted as liaison with the Library in her capacity as Coordinator of Community Programs for the BPL.  Upon retirement in 2002 she was asked to stay on the Board and readily agreed.  For the past several years she has been secretary for the Partnership.

 

Steve Busby, Trustee

            Steve has been a history teacher and is a longtime tour guide in Boston and eastern Massachusetts.  He conceived of and helped develop the Boston Founders Trail Walking Tour for the Partnership.  He provides tours on that trail for groups.               

 

Judy Cammack, Trustee

Judy is a founding member of the PHB.  She was Mayor of Boston, Lincolnshire, in the 1990s and is the Founding Chairman of the Historic Bostons Partnership in England.  She and her late husband John have graciously hosted many visiting Americans and have attended most of the Boston Charter Day celebrations in Church.  Judy and John are the force behind the Puritan Path at St. Botolph’s Church in Boston.


Barry Cotton, Trustee                 

Barry Cotton is the 7th great grandson of Rev. John Cotton, vicar of St. Botolph’s Church, Boston England, teaching elder of the First Church in Boston, Massachusetts and founder of the Boston Latin School.  He joined the Partnership in 2002 after meeting John and Judy Cammack at St. Botolph’s Church in Boston, England, and participating in Boston Charter Day Celebrations in September 2002.  Barry has also served as National Chairman of the Winthrop Society and is a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Mayflower Society and Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

 

Stephen Kenney, Trustee

Steve Kenney is Director of the Commonwealth Museum, the Massachusetts state history museum.  He has a Ph.D. from Boston University and has been a faculty member and administrator at several colleges including service as Interim President at Quincy College, a public community college. He has been curator for several exhibits at the Commonwealth Museum, including: George Washington in Massachusetts, Civil War Massachusetts, and Sacco and Vanzetti.

 

Ellis L. Phillips, III, Trustee

           Larry has served the Partnership as vice president, trustee, and benefactor of the Partnership.  As president of the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation for twenty-two years, Larry helped guide the foundation's giving priorities over the two decades and make several strategic, innovative grants.  

 

Henry Scannell, Trustee

Henry is Curator of Microtext and Newspapers at the Boston Public Library.  A lifelong resident of Boston, his undergraduate education was from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  His professional training was at the University of Southern California and at Northeastern University.

 

Sarah Stewart, Trustee

           Sarah began her work with the Partnership in 2013, when she co–wrote the Crime and Punishment tour.  She was elected treasurer in 2014 and brings her skill as a communications professional and former head of media and head of editorial at Christian Aid, a leading British aid agency.  She has experience in journalism, web sites, print and digital editorial and branding.  She is currently a freelance writer/editor and researcher.


Neil Wright, Trustee

Neil was born in Boston, England, and has written many books and articles on the history of that town and of Lincolnshire generally.   He is currently Chairman of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.  He lives in Lincoln, England, and he and his late wife Sarah hosted Will Holton in 1998 when Will was researching in the Lincolnshire Archives in that city.   He became a Trustee in 2014.      


 




Advisory Board
These historians and writers advise the Trustees about programs and developments in seventeenth-century research. 
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Professor Robert Allison, Suffolk University

 

Lisa Ayres, Old North Church and Docent, Boston by Foot

 

Professor Emeritus Francis J. Bremer, Millersville University

 

Professor William Fowler, Northeastern University

 

Eve LaPlante, Professional Writer

 

David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist, New England Historic Genealogical Society

 

Brian W. J. LeMay, Executive Director,The Bostonian Society

 

Nathaniel Scheidley, Historian and Director of Public History,The Bostonian Society

 

D. Brenton Simons, President and C.E.O.,New England Historic Genealogical Society

 

Earl Taylor, President, Dorchester [Massachusetts] Historical Society 


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