Hi All, Last week in Cambridge, Boston, I attended the annual presentation dinner for the New England Newspaper Editors Association, to accept the posthumous award for Benjamin Edes, the Boston Printer and one of the Sons of Liberty. This is an annual award presented to journalists in the area, first instituted in 1960.
In 2004 the association had made this award but were unable at the time to locate descendants, of which I discovered the details of this award a couple of months later on the internet.
I contacted the association with details of my relationship with Benjamin Edes and my research regarding this and two months ago received an invitation to attend this presentation dinner to accept this award.
Quite an event, with current journalists from the New England area also receiving the same award. Another posthumous award was presented to the Antiquarian Society in honor of Isaiah Thomas, the editor/owner of the Massachusetts Spy and also a patriot at various battles of the Revolution.
One of the other recipients was Emily Rooney, daughter of Andy Rooney of Sixty Minutes fame, for her work on WGBH, a local radio station in the Boston area.
Whilst I was in Boston, I also went to the Massachusetts Historical Society, in Boylston Street, to see the punch bowl that Peter Edes, Benjamin's son, had to replenish during that eventful evening prior to the Boston Tea Party, where the Sons of Liberty sat in the Long Room above the print shop to plan this famous undertaking.
Peter was later placed under house arrest for approximately 100 days, later to become a printer up in Augusta, Maine and Kennebec, his son Benjamin to become a printer in Baltimore and to put the words of the National Anthem into print in a flyer which was later distributed around Baltimore after the seige of Fort McHenry.
Having travelled all the way from Sydney, Australia to attend this function and to be in Boston for this was an amazing thing, something that I will never forget, especially with its significance to Boston, the history of the United States and lastly my own family.
I would hope that all of you have as much luck, success and enjoyment in this type of research as I have had and it only encourages you further to continue research, despite the brickwalls that may occur.It is well worth it.
Benjamin Long Edes Talman