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Historic Newton Presents: Voices of Newtonville

Explore the history of Newtonville from its rural beginnings, through its suburban development as a railroad stop, to the changes brought by the construction of the Mass Pike. Historic Newton Museum Educator Tracy Lindboe leads the group the development of Newtonville using historic perspectives and narratives from the past.

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Historic Newton Presents: Newton's Earliest Subdivision

William Jackson was one of the first to predict how the railroads would shape the future of Newton. Anticipating Newton's growth as a railroad suburb, in 1844 he sold portions of the historic Jackson Homestead farm to create housing for people likely to use the new Boston and Albany railroad line to commute to work. This tour highlights the architectural and social history of the neighborhood around Walnut Park and Waban Park from the mid-19th through early 20th centuries.

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Historic Newton Presents: Black Tiger: The Opium Trade 1700-1900

This talk by Frederic Delano Grant Jr. examines the legality, morality, economics and some lessons to be drawn from the international opium trade, 1700-1900. Follow the drug from major centers of production to places where it was consumed in the West and in Asia for recreational as well as for medicinal purposes. Also learn about the controversial opium storeships moored near Canton, key to the illegal distribution. Meet colorful personalities in the trade, including some with ties to Newton. This history provides background for understanding today’s opioid crisis. Part of the Newton History Series.

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Historic Newton Presents: 100 Years of Newton Parks and Rec

Newton was a foremost player in the parks, playground and organized sports movements of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Mike Clarke’s talk traces this history, led in part by Newton mayor Edwin O. Childs and its first and longest-serving superintendent of playgrounds, Ernst Hermann. Period photographs illustrate their philosophy of the role of play in children’s development. Part of the Newton History Series. Co-sponsored by Newton Conservators.

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Historic Newton Presents: History of Oak Hill Park

Oak Hill Park, a little-known corner of Newton, was built in the late 1940s by a public-private partnership not just to house but to honor recently returned WWII veterans. Led by Paul Eldrenkamp, Oak Hill Park resident of 26 years, the tour will show us the greenbelt system and other attributes of this close-knit neighborhood.

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Historic Newton Presents: Jews and Puritans

Explore the complex and often contradictory meanings that Puritans in colonial New England attached to Judaism and the fraught attitudes that they bore toward the Jews as a people. Learn more about the lives of prominent Jews in the Boston area, and how the Puritans interacted with them, in this lecture by author Michael Hoberman.

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Historic Newton Presents: Stories from a Century of Boston's Cycling History

Learn about the importance of bicycling to Boston’s culture for more than a century with author Lorenz J. Finison. Find out more about the Tour de Trump as it passed through Newton; the big bike nexus at Norumbega Park and the Lakes District; Newtonville’s Abbott Basset; and Kittie Knox, a young bi-racial seamstress well known in Boston cycling during the 1890s, and then largely forgotten. Follow highlights in racing, touring, commuting, bikeways, rails-to-trails, bike-trains, bike building, and women's cycling from the 1880s through the bicycling renaissance in the 1970s


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Historic Newton Presents: Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea

Author Melinda Ponder gives a presentation about the work and life of Katharine Lee Bates.


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Historic Newton Presents: Making History Making Place


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