Newton Talks, an oral history program, is conducting interviews with Newton residents who recall and record their memories of living through historic times. We recently expanded the program to include individuals who have spent significant time in the same village and/or have lived in Newton for a significant portion of their lives. We continue to interview veterans of any kind of military service as well as immigrants to Newton from any country.
If you would like to be interviewed, find more information here.
Watch the interviews here. Longtime Newton residents have shared their memories of simple pleasures, such as walking to school and buying ice cream, as well as their overview of development and other changes. Immigrants have recalled their first impressions of the United States and also discussed how they preserve their cultural inheritance in a new country. Veterans remembered grueling moments of training and combat as well as poignant moments of ordinary life during their service in conflicts including World War II and VIetnam.
Newton Talks is a collaboration between Historic Newton, the Newton Free Library, the Newton Senior Center, and the Crossing Generations group at Newton South High School. The City of Newton Veterans Service Office also consults on the interviews with veterans.