History of S.S. PierceMonday December 9, 2019
History of S.S. Pierce and Company with Anthony Sammarco on Monday, December 9 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
$5 payable in advance by calling the COA at 781-834-5581 or at the door
When Samuel Stillman Pierce opened his store in 1831 at the corner of Tremont and Court Streets in downtown Boston, he vowed "I may not make money for the next five years, but I shall make a reputation." Pierce went on to become well known as the purveyor of fancy goods and potent libations to Victorian Bostonians as well as providing provisions to the ships that sailed from Boston Harbor. Bartering with ship captains, often exchanging his provisions for the delicacies that were brought to Boston from faraway ports, his renowned store catered to the carriage trade and the company he founded would be run by four generations of the Pierce Family in its immensely successful operations. With its own coat of arms adorning a distinctive red label on canned goods with the motto “Puritas et Cura,” and the largest line of privately packed fancy foods in the world, S.S. Pierce & Company sold its wide assortment of delicacies not only at eight New England stores of its own but also through distributors across the United States and worldwide by mail order. In his upcoming book “S.S. Pierce: A Boston Tradition”, Anthony M. Sammarco will recount the memories of the past and bring together the shared tradition of how Bostonians reveled in the gourmet foods, fine wines and potent libations of a once stalwart business. After a century and a half, S.S. Pierce & Company was sold in 1967 to Laird Corporation and since 1986 has been a part of Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Cost $5 @ The Ventress Library Plaza Program Room. 1837 Ocean Street entrance will be open for parking near the playground side. Part of "Opportunities" Lifelong Learning, a joing venture of the Marshfield COA and Ventress Memorial Library. Visit https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyMSammarco/
to go to the Ventress Memorial Library