Research Areas

Women’s History; Medical History; Boston History; LGBTQ History; Biography 


M.A., Tufts University 

B.A., Tufts University 

Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson is an award-winning photographer, writer, educator, and lecturer whose stories and images about the arts, entertainment, history, and culture regularly appeared in the Boston Globe from 1978 to 1996. In 1994, she began writing and photographing books on Boston history, including Boston Sites and Insights, The Literary Trail of Greater Boston, Garden of Memories: A Guide to Historic Forest Hills, and Heaven, By Hotel Standards: The History of the Omni Parker House.

Susan has long been a consultant to and member of a variety of historic organizations in Boston, including The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Old South Association, the Boston Athenaesum, The Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston National Historical Park, The National Park Service, Boston By Foot, Forest Hills Educational Trust, The Dimock Center, the Boston History and Innovation Collaborative, and the City of Boston (for whom she wrote all the historic  kiosk signage on Boston Common). She was project director for the creation of Harborwalk signage  and the Maritime Museum at Battery Wharf in Boston’s North End, and is currently House Historian for the Omni Parker House.

Since 2002, Susan has combined her love for history, world culture, imagery, and storytelling as Artistic Director for the multimedia company, Melodic Vision. Among the evocative shows she has performed and toured are Noche de Muertos (chronicling Mexico's most popular holiday, the Day of the Dead) and Sacred Grounds, Sacred Sounds (featuring the music and musicians of Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris).

With her broad array of contemporary and historic images, and a slew of wonderful stories, Susan has become a popular speaker in area lecture halls, libraries, historic sites, and classrooms. She has also won accolades for her animated and informative slide lectures on cultural and historic topics, which are featured on the WGBH Forum Network.

Current Projects

My project is researching and writing a biography, Women and Children First: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Susan Dimock. To her contemporaries in Boston of the 1870s, Dimock was known as a strong, selfless pioneer in American medicine —among the first group of physicians to provide professional health care by, and for, women, and one of the finest surgeons in Massachusetts.

Representative Publications

Heaven, By Hotel Standards: The History of the Omni Parker House (Omni Hotels, 2014). 

Boston Sites and Insights: An Essential Guide to Historic Landmarks In and Around Boston (Beacon Press, revised and updated edition, 2004).