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.


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. 

Ralph Buonopane, Vice President

Ralph Buonopane 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 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 Morrison, Treasurer


John has been active with the Waltham Historical Society and his architectural-cultural-design interest led him to become tour leader with Boston by Foot. He began Partnership activities with the reading group at Mass Historical Society and was elected a trustee of the Partnership and treasurer in September 2016.

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.

Stuart Christie, Trustee

Stuart Christie, elected trustee in 2016, runs the April to November tours for the Partnership. He is a nonprofit fundraising professional. He is a Vietnam veteran and a business owner providing direct marketing fundraising services to smaller nonprofit organizations, a docent at Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts, and a board member at the Dedham Historical Society.

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.

Rose Doherty, President Emerita

           Rose was elected the second president of the Partnership in 2014.  She has with the help of trustees and advisors moved the organization into regularly scheduled tours from April to November, year-round lectures, reading groups, and other activities. Major outreach to other historical organizations and refinement of administrative processes make the Partnership operate more effectively. Rose joined the Partnership in 2004 and served as treasurer until becoming president.

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. 

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.

Sidney Levitsky, MD, Trustee

Sid Levitsky has built on his love ot history by attending PHB meetings, discussion groups, History Camp, lectures at Mass Historical Society, and more.  He is the David W. and David Cheever Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA., the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at CAREGROUP and the Senior Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Ellis Lawrence Phillips, III, Trustee

Larry Phillips is a founding member of the Partnership and helped the PHB to grow through his support and hard work.  He served several terms as vice president of the Partnership.  A graduate of Harvard and New England Conservatory, Larry served as president of Ellis L. Phillips Foundation for many years.  
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. 
These historians and writers advise the Trustees about programs and developments in 17th-century research.

Professor Robert Allison, Suffolk University


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


Nathaniel Scheidley, Executive Director, 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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