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First Parish Church in Dorchester Steeple Removal

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    Photos of the removal of the steeple lantern at First Parish Church in Dorchester, 24 November 2006

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sarah correia

This is a story about a wonderful piece of Boston history which I saw more than once. I am self-employed caning antique chairs and my name was given to a wonderful Boston Brahmin older lady named Marjorie Shaw who lived in Chestnut Hill. She had the most wonderful looking Civil War guidon (a swallow-tailed battle flag) under glass in her library in her home; when I asked her about it it turned out to have belonged to the Shaw who is depicted on the sculpture across from the State House, she told me he had been her late husband's uncle.
I did several more jobs for her & much enjoyed looking at Shaw's guidon each time.
It was a wonderful piece to see (my historian Dad was quite envious) & I am relating it now because she has passed away. The guidon is probably out in California now.
PS I know this story isn't totally relevant as I don't own this object but I wanted to share this as most people probably would never guess that something like this is still in private hands.

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