Cambridge Historical Society Annual Meeting
A business meeting, including the election of the Society’s governing council, will precede the program. Refreshments will follow. Members are urged to attend to cast their votes. Nonmembers are welcome, and admission is free.
Cynthia Kennedy Sam will speak about the life of her maternal grandfather, the sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt. In Pratt’s short life, he created over 180 pieces of sculpture, including the Historical Society’s Longfellow Medal.
According to all reports, Pratt was renowned for his generosity, humor and kindness. His life circled around his home in Jamaica Plain MA, his studio, and his professorship as head of the Sculpture Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. His early death on May 18th, 1917, at age 49, ended a promising career, but left behind a solid reputation as a Beaux Arts, deeply American sculptor.