Newton History Series: Two Lakes, Two Fates

J. D. Lindsay

Photo by: J. D. Lindsay

The Newton Free Library and the Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead present Our Imprint on the Land, a three-part 2009 History Series which will focus on Newton’s changing landscape.

The series will open on Thursday, February 12, at 7:00 pm at the library with a program called, Two Lakes, Two Fates: Popular Crystal Lake and Lost Silver Lake, and will be presented by Newton historian Lucy Caldwell-Stair. She is an active member of the Newton History Museum, the Newton Conservators and the Newton Angino Community Farm.

In the 19th century, two Newton lakes of similar size were both used for ice harvesting and places to swim, yet their fates ultimately differed sharply. In an illustrated talk featuring old photos, maps and oral history, Ms. Caldwell-Stair will tell the tale of how topography, citizen activism and environmental neglect contributed to the contrasting stories of these two Newton landmarks.

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