Digital Commonwealth

Norumbega Park, Public Buildings, Protests, Red Cross, Samuel Francis Smith Grave Site and House, Schools and Colleges, Police Department, the Aged, 1802-1976, 1925-1976

Newton Free Library

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The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural, and governmental past. These materials reflect the civic life of and provide insight into Newton from the 19th through the early 20th century, a time when Newton was transforming from agriculture to industry and becoming a suburban Boston residential community. Presented here are photographs of public schools, portable schools, private schools and Boston College; sports teams and bands; the grave site of Reverend Samuel Francis Smith, Newton historian and author of the poem, "America"; various events sponsored by the Red Cross in Newton from World War II fundraisers to blood drives in the 1970s; various protest actions in Newton; public buildings including pumping station, almshouse, playground buildings, bathhouses, light and heat plant, waterworks, garages; Norumbega Park, Norumbega Tower, and Hemlock Gorge; Newton elderly citizens; Parades - Claflin Guards, boy scouts; Newton police station at the former Peirce School, stable, headquarters, police vehicles, visiting school children, accident scene, the arrest of Henry P. Arsenault, and a group portrait of the department members.

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