Author to Discuss Jordan Marsh History in Osterville

OSTERVILLE – The history of one of the region’s largest retail chains will be presented in January at the Osterville Village Library.

Founded in 1851 by Eben Dyer Jordan and Benjamin Lloyd Marsh, Jordan Marsh opened its first store selling linen, silk, calicos, ribbons and other dry goods to Bostonians.

The retail store originated the concept of “department shopping” under one roof.

Jordan Marsh offered a selection of goods that included things such as clothing, furniture, toys and several other goods that attracted shoppers six days per week.

Other features included personal service, easy credit, art exhibitions and musical performances.

Anthony Sammarco will discuss and sign copies of his book “Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store” on January 13 at 1 p.m. at the library.

The event is free and will include Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins.

Copies of the book will be available for $22.

The last Jordan Marsh store was converted to Macy’s in 1996.

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