Calendar of Events

Historic Newton offers a wide range of events that help contextualize Newton's story in the larger narrative of American history. See what's coming up in our schedule of lectures, panel discussions, concerts, tours, family programs, and more. To see a calendar view of these same events, go to the Historic Newton Events Calendar below. We look forward to seeing you at an event very soon. 

Historic Newton Events Calendar

JUNE

Thursday, June 27, 7:30 pm
HISTORY BOOK CLUB MEETING

The History Book Club of Historic Newton meets to discuss The Great Warming by Brian Fagan. The book tells the history of shifting climatic conditions and their consequences from about A.D. 800 to 1300. No advance reservations are needed. Simply read the book in advance and join our discussion, which is free and open to all.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

JULY

Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to our museums.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.
OAK HILL PARK: A LOCAL ‘UTOPIA’ 

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. Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell in 1995 wrote, "The greenbelt system is what's unique about Oak Hill Park. There's nothing else like it in Massachusetts. And it's still intact. Even in today's privatized world, nobody has chopped the Oak Hill Park greenways into private, fenced barbecue patios." Led by Paul Eldrenkamp, Oak Hill Park resident of 26 years, the tour will show us what Campbell found so appealing about this close-knit neighborhood, and what's changed since Campbell wrote so compellingly of its charms.
Location: Meet at the Shuman Center, 675 Sawmill Brook Parkway. Park on nearby streets.
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register in advance through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come on the day of the tour.
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, July 13, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week's theme is summer.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, July 17, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week's theme is summer.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Sunday, July 21, 2:00 p.m.
WHO INSPIRED OUR SCHOOL NAMES? 
A NEWTON CEMETERY TOUR 

Many elementary and middle schools are named for notable Newtonians. Stroll through the Newton Cemetery to see the final resting places and learn more about the lives of Dr. Henry Bigelow, F.A. Day, and others whose legacy continues in our public schools.
Location: Meet in front of the chapel just inside the main gate, 791 Walnut St, Newton Centre. Park in the lot to the left of the chapel.
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register in advance through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come on the day of the tour.
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, July 27, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week's theme is ABCs.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week's theme is ABCs.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

AUGUST

Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to our museums.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
FIELDS OF GREEN: NEWTON COMMUNITY FARM

Did you know that 150 years ago, much of Newton was active farmland? Come learn about the last active link to our agricultural past! This tour, led by Historic Newton and Newton Community Farm, covers the history of a site that has been farmed continuously for over 300 years. Explore different time periods, including the influence of Italian immigration to Newton. Finish the evening with a freshly harvested snack in the historic barn.
Location: Meet on the deck of the barn at Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton Street
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register in advance through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come on the day of the tour.
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, August 10, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week's theme is counting.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Sunday, August 11, 2:00 p.m.
TWO SCENIC SPOTS: HEMLOCK GORGE AND ECHO BRIDGE

Explore the geology, trees, plants and history of DCR Hemlock Gorge Reservation, one of the first five parks acquired by the Metropolitan Parks Commission in 1893.  Learn about the National Register listed Echo Bridge and plans to restore its historic railings. This guided tour will include stairs and an uphill trail segment over rocky terrain so proper footwear is recommended.
Location: Meet at the corner of Elliot and Chestnut Streets near the old mill (a.k.a. Echo Bridge Mall). Park on nearby streets.
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register in advance through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come on the day of the tour.
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week's theme is counting.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Saturday, August 24, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week's theme is feelings.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, August 28, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week's theme is feelings.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 9:30 am
PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 9:30 am
PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE