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Historic Newton is co-presenting two free nights of Newton history this week.  Both look interesting to me.

Wed, 7PM – Housing Discrimination in Newton in the 1960s – at the Myrtle Baptist Church

Thurs, 7PM – Workers’ Housing and Mill Buildings: Redevelopment in Upper Falls – at the Library

Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 PM

CREATED EQUAL: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THEN AND NOW

Panel Discussion-Housing Discrimination in Newton in the 1960s

Long-time Newton residents remember a time when Black families had trouble buying homes in the city, and the turnpike extension displaced over half of an African-American neighborhood in West Newton that had been established there for at least a century. Listen to first-hand accounts from the sixties, learn about the changes that have occurred since that time, and join the discussion about how we can impact the future of our city.

Panelists include Rev. Howard Haywood (Pastor Emeritus at Myrtle Baptist Church), Ellen Feingold (a founder of the Newton Committee for Fair Housing and Equal Rights), Shirley Wright (4th generation Newton resident), and Sheila Mondshein (Current member of Newton Fair Housing Committee)

at the Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve St

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Thursday, March 20, 7:00 PM

A CITY OF VILLAGES-THE 2014 NEWTON HISTORY SERIES

Workers’ Housing and Mill Buildings: Redevelopment in Upper Falls

Architect Jane Galli will offer a look at worker housing in Newton Upper Falls in the context of Newton Lower Falls’ extensive redevelopment and of New England mill buildings’ redevelopment and adaptive reuse. Why do so many of the original wood-frame buildings remain in the Upper Falls neighborhood, while most of those in the Lower Falls neighborhood have been demolished? Where else can you go on short excursions to see 18th and 19th century examples of worker housing and industrial mill buildings in New England? The talk will address these questions and more!

 at the Newton Free Library







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