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The Elizabeth Peabody House Deeply Saddened by the Loss of Alumnus Leonard Nimoy

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The leadership, staff, and families of the Elizabeth Peabody House are deeply saddened by the passing of alumnus Leonard Nimoy on Friday of pulmonary disease. 

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Mr. Nimoy.  We are proud to count him among our alumni, and honored that Elizabeth Peabody House introduced him to stage acting leading to what became his enduring contribution to the world stage,” said John Sanders, Board President.

Mr. Nimoy began his now famous career at the age of eight, at Elizabeth Peabody House’s former location in the West End neighborhood, playing Hansel in a neighborhood production of Hansel and Gretel.  He was part of a generation of children and families to participate in a wide range of programs and services. 

“To put it simply, The Elizabeth Peabody House was a blessing to the families and children in the West End.  Programs were offered in sports, theatre and science as well as classes of all kinds to help immigrants find their way into the American culture,” In the convocation address to 2012 graduates of the College of Fine Arts at the Boston University Mr. Nimoy said.  “My brother was active in the science lab and became an MIT graduate and a chemical engineer.  I was drawn to the theater program and it set me on a path, which became my life’s work.”

The Elizabeth Peabody House will remember Mr. Nimoy’s generous spirit, hard work, intellect, and commitment to his community.  His legacy remains an inspiration to a whole new generation of children that the organization continues to serve today, may they “live long and prosper.”

Founded in 1896, the Elizabeth Peabody House has been part of the Somerville community since its relocation there in 1956, where it continues in its mission to support families in reaching their full potential through early childhood education, youth enrichment opportunities, and family support services.  

For a statement or more information about the agency’s services, please contact Board President, John Sanders, at jsanders@elizabethpeabodyhouse.org; or Managing Director, Michael J. Delia, at (617) 876-4444, (617) 909-7634, or michael@eastendhouse.org


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KaBOOM! It's a New Playground!

KaBOOM! and Biogen Idec are teaming up to bring a whole new look to our backyard! On September 20th, there will be brand new equipment, brand new murals, brand new games, and brand new mulch to save us from the skinned knees!

We couldn't be more thankful to these generous groups for the outdoor transformation, but they can't do it alone. We need the entire EPH community to help us make this a reality, and there are several ways you can help. We need volunteers for building, coordination, donations, and specialized services. Please let us know if you can be part of this wonderful day by filling out the brief form below, or you can just give us a call!

Thanks, and we'll see you on build day!


Watch Alumnus Leonard Nimoy Speak About The Power of The Peabody House

One full minute of Nimoy's 18-minute remarks are dedicated to us and our impact.

"...I first stepped on stage when I was eight years old at 357 Charles Street, The Elizabeth Peabody Play House..." Read More


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