For additional information please call Peter Kastner at (617)943-8795
I started restoring historic maps in 2002, after a 30-year career in health care, to follow up on my earlier interest in urban history.
I graduated in 1968 from Boston University with a degree in history and wrote my senior paper on the "Legal implications of the Great London Fire of 1666."
After graduating I had a very short teaching career where I developed a course outline on "History as Therapy" - which was directed toward integrating urban architectural history with family biography and local history to strengthen the student's identity by helping then place their lives in a historical continuum including how their physical environment evolved.
After working for three years at Action for Boston Community Developed I went back to graduate school and got an MBA from Boston University with a concentration in finance and health care.
I had for a long time been aware of the extraordinary urban insurance and ward maps that were printed from 1860 to 1930 and felt that I could satisfy peoples desire to connect with their communities by providing high quality prints of these beautiful historic maps for individuals that desire to understand and celebrate the history of their home and community by displaying beautiful renditions of personally significant detailed local historical maps.
Outside of my work I am active in open space conservation, having served as the a past president of the Newton Conservators a local land trust (about 3/4 an acre) and the past president of a Friends of Nahanton Park friends group and am now an alternate member of Newton's Parks and Recreation Commission and served on the City of Newton's Mayor's Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Planning.
I have been married for over 25 years we have two sons. My wife works a nurse in an adult day care program. Our older son, after being the Director of Major gifts for a foundation that raises funds for the Inner City Scholarships, is a therapist in New York Our younger has just returned to the United States, after six years in Xian China where he managed a jazz club and taught conversational Chinese.
I am now Group Study Leader for a course on “ Great American Speeches “ at the Brandies University Bolli program and keeping my wife company as we visit our granddaughter.