Bedford Historical Society Hosting Alan Earls to Talk About Innovations That Changed the World

October 23, 2023
Alan Earls will be guest speaker at the Bedford Historical Society’s program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. Courtesy photo

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society 

Alan Earls, co-author of Boston Made: From Revolution to Robotics, Innovations that Changed the World,” will discuss this fascinating topic as the guest speaker of the Bedford Historical Society’s program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29.  

The public is invited to attend this free event, sponsored by the Society.

The event will be held in the third floor “Great Room” of Old Town Hall. Light refreshments will be available starting at 2 p.m. After brief Society announcements at 2:15 p.m., Earls will be introduced for his presentation.

This is an especially-fitting subject for Bedford, since the headquarters of the internationally-known robotics company, I Robot, is located on Crosby Drive in Bedford.    

Since the 1600s, Boston has been at the forefront of world-changing innovation from starting the country’s first public school to becoming the first state to end slavery. Boston was the site of the first organ transplant and has celebrated more recent medical and biotech breakthroughs that have saved thousands of lives.  

Boston-area inventors have contributed hundreds of outstanding social, scientific, and commercial innovations. Alan Earls will describe some of the 50 world-changing inventions in his book, co-authored by Robert Krim, that reveal how Boston became and remains a global center for innovation.  

Some of these inventions are centuries old; some are new. They show how a culture of innovation can lead to the development of fresh ideas and useful discoveries that make a difference in every part of life.

Throughout his career as a journalist, Earls has covered nearly every major development in technology and has interviewed many of the industry’s most significant players. For nearly 20 years, he has applied his editorial experience, tech savviness, and marketing insights to the challenges faced by his business and tech clients.

Society to honor History Day winners

In addition to Earls’ presentation, the Historical Society will honor the five Bedford High School 2023 History Day winners who received awards at the Massachusetts History Day competition last spring. Their families and representatives of Bedford High’s Social Studies Department have been invited to share in the Society’s annual honor of these outstanding high school history scholars.

The students are:

  • Hayden McAllister and Cameron Zhu, who won an Honorable Mention and a Special Award for the Best Project in Massachusetts History for their group exhibit titled “Hannah Dustin: The Legacy of a Frontier Folktale.” 
  • Benjamin Sedran and Emily Shu, who won a Special “Military History” award for their group documentary titled “The Mediterranean Theater of World War II: Frontiers of Modern War, Learning Lessons in Blood.”
  • Evan Kelly, who won Silver for his individual documentary titled “Expanding the Frontier of Boston’s Rapid Transit System: A Fight to Move Forward.” 

The students will briefly describe their projects before receiving Society gifts and honors.

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