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Newton Free Library Grand Opening Celebration Photos, Fall 1991

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 showing how the Newton community gathered, young and old, families and individuals, on the brick plaza of the Newton Free Library at 330 Homer Street for a grand opening celebration on Sunday, September 15, 1991. Among the recognizable notables are Mayor Theodore Mann and Hugh Hill, noted Cambridge storyteller, more commonly known as Brother Blue, along with his wife, Ruth Edmonds Hill, the Oral History Coordinator at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.

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