NEHA acknowledges with sadness the recent passing of NEHA member and former executive officer Peter Holloran (1947-2023). Dr. Holloran was a Vietnam veteran and social historian in the area of 19th century American History, including the history of child welfare services, history of immigration and labor movements, and the American Civil War. He was the author of Boston’s Wayward Children: Social Services for Homeless Children, 1830-1930; Historical Dictionary of New England; and Historical Dictionary of the Progressive Era. He taught for many years at Worcester State University, retiring in 2020. Dr. Holloran was active in multiple professional historical organizations, including the New England Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) and the Popular Culture Association and American Cultural Associations (PCACA), where he was cited for meritorious service and scholarly contribution. For the New England Historical Association (NEHA), he served as Executive Secretary from 1990-1995; Secretary from 1995-2014; and editor of NEHA News from 1990-2010. He was instrumental in increasing NEHA membership and participation. Because of his great love for books, he continued for many years to serve with great insight and generosity of both time and effort on NEHA’s book award committee and frequently contributed book reviews to the NEHA News.
Services will be held Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 2:00 in the Bigelow Chapel at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.