The Boston Marine Hall, completed in 1887, was home to many performances of both local and visiting artists. Probably one of the Hall’s most notable performers, even though he wasn’t nearly as well-known at the time, was the World famous magician Harry Houdini. In a bid to promote his appearances at the Hall, Houdini went down to the local hardware store and performed one of his first escape acts, getting his hands freed from a pair of handcuffs. The Hall helped provide a space for the many talent of Yarmouth and gave residents a chance to hear and see what the rest of the World had to offer.
Documents included in this package are:
YMS-4-125-F1: Ad in a Yarmouth Newspaper, January 8, 1888, Grand Concert for the opening of the Boston Marine Music Hall. Dated Thursday Ev’g, Feb. 16
YMS-4-125-H2: Program for a recital at Boston Music Hall by Miss Elizabeth C. White, Miss Elise R. Butler (mezzo soprano), and Miss Lizzie S. Huestis (pianist). Dated August 15, 1904
YMS-4-125-B1: Ad for Grand Recruiting Rally at Boston Marine Hall. Date N/A.
YMS-4-125: Written notes on “The History of the Boston Insurance Building with mention of William Law & Co., agents for the Boston Marine Company”, also information on the buildings on the same site, prior to the Boston Marine building. Lists of references included. Date N/A.
YMS-4-125-H1: Ad in newspaper for a play called “Esmeralda” at the Boston Marine Music Hall. Dated 1875.
YMS-4-125-L1: Article in newspaper on the construction progress of the Boston Marine Building. Dated October 19, 1887.
YMS-4-125-H16: Program for Yarmouth Concert Band Benefit, performance of “The Boy’s Baby”. Date N/A.
YMS-4-125: Photocopied, hand-written papers. Deed, William Law and Wife to Boston Marine Insurance Co., registered copy. Dated (when registered), December 3rd, 1886.
YMS-4-125: Photocopied, hand-written papers. Deed, William Law and Wife to Boston Marine Insurance Co., registered copy. Dated (when registered), October 9th, 1890
PH-107-26, YMCA: Demolition of the Boston Marine Hall building. Dated November 1982.
PH-107-13, YMCA: Corner detail on the Boston Marine Hall building. Dated N/A.
PH-107-14, YMCA: Completed building of the Boston Marine Hall. Dated 1887.
PH-107-15, YMCA: Construction of the Boston Marine Hall building. Circa 1886.
PH-107-16, YMCA: Team captains for YMCA canteen for servicemen. Circa 1945.
PH-45-46, Musical: A concert at the Boston Marine Hall. Dated circa 1900.
PH-107-13, YMCA: A corner of the Boston Marine Hall building.
2004-141.2 (1): Grand Concert. Included the Milton Brass Band, Miss Alice Porter and Mrs. A.M. Perrin, among many other. Date N/A.
2004-141.2 (2): Programme for The Gypsy’s Secret. Dramatic acts at Boston Marine Hall. Dated July 12, 1904.
Boston Marine Hall archival package
All material found in these packages is owned by the Yarmouth County Historical Society and is housed at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives (22 Collins Street, Yarmouth, NS). Credit must be given to, Yarmouth County Archives.