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  AHF hosts Pop Up Yoga at the Speedway Headquarters
 

On Sunday, September 20th, AHF hosted an engaging community event at the Speedway Headquarters in Brighton - a free Pop Up Yoga session held in the courtyard of the soon to be renovated complex. The event was held in partnership with Jenna Hill and Kristin Khederian of PopUpAsana, and had over 40 registered attendees. VitaCoco and Essentia water provided complimentary refreshments to participants that were energized by the Sunday morning class. Although the courtyard is paved with asphalt and the buildings are very much in a 'before' state, the yogis who attended braved the hard surface for a fantastic 50 minute workout. Pop Up Yoga at the Speedway Headquarters marks the first time that the courtyard has been used for something other than stabling horses or vehicle maintenance in the history of this 116 year old building. It was a great way to activate the Speedway now as AHF works towards delivering to the community a fully renovated, engaging and publically accessible project. This is the first of many more community driven events and programs in the future. Building on the success, interest and excitement around this first event, AHF will be hosting a second Pop Up Yoga event at the Speedway Headquarters on October 18th at 9:30am. More information about the project, which is part of DCR's Historic Curatorship Program, and details about the next event can be found at the Speedway Headquarters website, www.speedwayhq.com.

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  AHF partnering with City of Boston Archaeology Department For Exciting Dig in Old City Hall Courtyard
 

AHF is excited to announce a partnership with the City of Boston Archaeology Department around the historic courtyard at Old City Hall. City Archaeologist Joe Bagley will be leading a dig this summer in the hopes of uncovering remnants of and artifacts from what is believed to be the oldest schoolhouse in North America. School Street was one of the first streets to be laid out in Boston soon after the arrival of the Winthrop Colony in 1630, and not long after that the first schoolhouse was built in 1645. This summer's dig hopefully will uncover remnants of the early schoolhouse as well as foundation of a later dated schoolmaster's house and many other artifacts that will give us clues to what life was like in Boston in the 17th century. Remarkably, the site upon which Old City Hall and the courtyard sit is one of the most lightly developed sites in all of Boston, and one of the very few that have remained under City ownership continuously since the first colonists arrived in Massachusetts. This offers an unprecedented window into early Boston history and the origins of the Boston Latin School (where many noted Bostonians were educated including Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams and John Hancock). Follow the dig, which we hope will be under way this June, at our Old City Hall website and on Facebook at facebook.com/bostonarchaeologyprogram and on Twitter at @bostonarchaeo.

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  AHF begins first phase of Speedway Headquarters community engagement and launches new website - www.speedwayhq.com
 

On November 8th, 2014, Architectural Heritage Foundation began the first phase of community engagement for the Historic Speedway Headquarters Building in Brighton. Members of the Allston Brighton and greater Boston community and those interested in the outcome of the Speedway Building joined staff from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and AHF in discussing the future potential of the Speedway site. AHF was pleased to announce the Speedway Headquarters website and blog - www.speedwayhq.com - our newly launched informational website where we will provide updates and report on our progress. Community members are encouraged to check back to the website for project developments.

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