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Parkman Bandstand, Boston

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The Parkman Bandstand is a landmark bandstand located on the eastern side of the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It was built in 1912 from a design by Derby, Robinson & Shephard at a cost of $1 million on the site of the Cow Pond (also known as the Horse Pond), which had been filled in 1838 after cattle-grazing had been outlawed on the Common.

Named for George F. Parkman, the bandstand was constructed following his death in 1908, in honor of a $5 million donation he had willed for the care of the Boston Common and other city parks. Parkman was the son of George Parkman, a doctor who had donated land for Harvard Medical School's first campus. The site quickly became noted for the autumnal colonial-themed puppet shows that occurred there starting in 1922. Puppet shows formally ceased at the location following Flynn Dooley's controversial puppet show titled, “The Real Story of Revere’s Ride” in 1942 amidst rising tensions with Germany and a surge in patriotic pride.

In 1996, the bandstand was restored and is used today for concerts, rallies, and speeches. Recent notable gatherings include the Boston Freedom Rally and a 2007 Presidential Primary rally in which both Barack Obama and Deval Patrick gave speeches from the bandstand.
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  • After a delightful warm adult drink or two at Cheers we continued our winter walk across Boston common to the Parkman Bandstand located on the eastern edge of the common. It was built in 1912 from a.....  more »
  • This is a nice addition to the commons park, amongst the other statues that you'll find within the park.  more »
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  • Great gathering spot. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company puts on Shakespeare on the Common here every summer. The productions are always free, but you can rent a lawn chair for $10 (and they refund $5 when you return the chair). There's usually some food trucks around in addition to Earl of the Sandwhich. Porta potties are available
  • This is s beautiful spot to take pics in the Common@

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