The History of Filene’s Basement

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Winchester Public Library

Friends of the Winchester Public Library are sponsoring a showing of the film “Voices from the Basement”, a documentary by Michael Bavaro about Boston’s beloved 100-year-old icon – the original Filene’s Basement. The film is a journey back to a time when the American Dream was accessible to everyone who walked through the doors of The Basement. The Brahmins of Beacon Hill stood in line with the waitresses from Durgin Park with equal access to the same high-quality, discounted merchandise for which The Basement is best known worldwide.

The film is a collection of stories told by the people who worked and shopped in there. Celebrities, politicians, employees, and loyal shoppers share their passion for this landmark institution that has been one of Boston’s most visited tourist attractions for generations.

The history of Filene’s Basement is captured through newsreels, archival footage, vintage photographs and audio recordings. The founders, Edward and Lincoln Filene, were two of the leading retail pioneers who helped shape many of the social and economic paradigms that have made America great, from employee health care to the formation of credit unions.

Throughout the course of production, the producers were witness to history as it transpired. With the closing of the downtown store in 2007, they were there to capture it all. Sadly, this monument of commerce remains a gaping hole in the ground and in the hearts of millions. The film explores this social and political tragedy.

The producers of the film will be there to discuss the film afterwards. This program is made possible by a grant from the John & Mary Murphy Educational Foundation and is free and open to the public.

For more information, please view the listing on our EVENTS page or call organizer Jann Sheehy at 781-729-6096.

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